Pride guide 2013 2014
Greensboro College student policies and procedures for 2013-2014.
GREENSBORO COLLEGE STUDENT HANDBOOK THE PRIDE GUIDE 815 West Market Street Greensboro, NC 27401 The Office of Student Development would like to extend its gratitude to everyone who contributed to the 2013-2014 Pride Guide. 1 TABLE OF CONTENTS PREAMBLE................................................................................................................................... 3 2013-2014 ACADEMIC CALENDAR ......................................................................................... 4 HOURS OF OPERATION ............................................................................................................. 7 CAMPUS TELEPHONE DIRECTORY ........................................................................................ 8 GREENSBORO COLLEGE HONOR CREED ........................................................................... 10 GREENSBORO COLLEGE COMMUNITY............................................................................... 11 CAMPUS POLICIES AND PROCEDURES ............................................................................... 37 RESIDENCE LIFE ....................................................................................................................... 59 FEDERAL REGULATIONS........................................................................................................ 68 ACADEMIC LIFE ........................................................................................................................ 70 ENROLLMENT POLICIES ......................................................................................................... 78 NON-TRADITIONAL STUDENT PROGRAMS ....................................................................... 84 CAMPUS SERVICES .................................................................................................................. 85 STUDENT DEVELOPMENT ...................................................................................................... 95 STUDENT INVOLVEMENT .................................................................................................... 101 STUDENT ORGANIZATIONS ................................................................................................. 110 GREENSBORO COLLEGE TRADITIONS .............................................................................. 114 2 PREAMBLE This is the official Student Handbook, commonly referred to as the “Pride Guide”. In addition to outlining the Student Conduct Code and the Academic Honor Code, the handbook provides general information on subjects ranging from student organizations to campus services. Use this publication as a resource for answers to many questions you may have. There are also many people available on campus to answer questions or to address your concerns. If you don’t know where to turn or who to ask, please come to the Office of Student Development on the second floor of Main Building, and we will be happy to help! This Student Handbook reflects information obtained during the spring of 2013. Students are advised that it is their responsibility to read and understand all information, including College policies, published in the Student Handbook. This student handbook does not include all College policies and procedures. The 2013-2014 Undergraduate Academic Catalog is another important reference. Although every attempt has been made to ensure that this student handbook contains correct and updated information, the College reserves the right to alter the policies, procedures, rules, regulations and programs described in this handbook at any time. This year will present many opportunities for growth. We strongly encourage you to take advantage of all that Greensboro College has to offer. The possibilities are endless! May your upcoming Greensboro College days be intellectually, spiritually and personally rewarding. ACADEMIC HONOR CODE PLEDGE As a member of the Greensboro College community, I do hereby pledge to uphold the Academic Honor Code of the College and to endeavor to create a spirit of integrity and honor for its own sake. I pledge truthfulness at all times, respect for the property of others, and absolute honesty in the performance of all academic work. I understand the provisions of the academic honor system and realize that a plea of ignorance will not be accepted. STUDENT CONDUCT HONOR CODE PLEDGE As a member of the Greensboro College community, I do hereby acknowledge that I have been advised of my responsibilities within the Greensboro College Student Conduct Code and I voluntarily, by virtue of my enrollment, accept responsibility for upholding the Student Conduct Code and all College policies. I understand that it is my responsibility to read and understand the provisions of the Student Conduct Code and realize that a plea of ignorance will not be accepted. 3 2013-2014 ACADEMIC CALENDAR Fall 2013 Semester: Friday, August 16 Weekend I classes begin Wednesday, August 21 Regular classes begin Friday, August 23 Last day to add a Weekend I course; last day to drop a Weekend I course without a grade Tuesday, August 27 Last day to add a course (except Weekend I) or to change a course from credit to audit; last day to drop a course (except Weekend I) without a grade Monday, September 2 Labor Day Holiday; no classes Friday, September 13 Last day to withdraw from a Weekend I course with a “W” grade; last day to select pass/fail for a Weekend I course Tuesday, September 24 Assessment Day; no day classes Friday, October 4 Deadline to resolve Incomplete grades from spring and/or summer 2013 terms Saturday, October 5 Weekend I classes end Friday, October 11 Weekend II classes begin Mon., October 14-Tues., October 15 Fall Break; no Monday-Tuesday classes Wednesday, October 16 Classes resume Friday, October 18 Last day to add a Weekend II course Friday, October 25-Sunday, October 27 Homecoming Monday, October 28-Friday, Academic advising for spring 2014 November 15 Friday, November 1 Last day to withdraw from a regular course with a “W” grade; last day to select pass/fail option for a regular course Monday, November 4 Registration for spring 2014 classes opens Friday, November 8 Last day to withdraw from a Weekend II course with a “W” grade; last day to select pass/fail option for a Weekend II course Wednesday, November 27-Sunday, Thanksgiving Holiday; no classes December 1 Friday, November 29-Saturday, No Weekend II classes November 30 Monday, December 2 Classes resume Tuesday, December 3 Last day of classes Wednesday, December 4 Reading Day; no classes 4 Thursday, December 5 Exams begin; students must be out of the residence halls 24 hours after last exam Saturday, December 7 Weekend II classes end Wednesday, December 11 Exams end Thursday, December 12 Final grades due to the Registrar at 12 noon Spring 2014 Semester: Friday, January 10 Weekend I classes begin Wednesday, January 15 Regular classes begin Friday, January 17 Last day to add a Weekend I course; last day to drop a Weekend I course without a grade Monday, January 20 Martin Luther King Holiday; no day classes Tuesday, January 21 Last day to add a course (except Weekend I) or to change a course from credit to audit; last day to drop a course (except Weekend I) without a grade Friday, February 7 Last day to withdraw from a Weekend I course with a “W” grade; last day to select pass/fail option for a Weekend I course Tuesday, February 18 Assessment Day; no day classes Friday, February 28 Deadline to resolve Incomplete grades from fall 2013 semester; Weekend II classes begin Saturday, March 1 Weekend I classes end Friday, March 7 Last day to add a Weekend II class Monday, March 10-Friday, March 14 Spring Break; no Monday-Friday classes Monday, March 17 Classes resume Monday, March 24-Friday, April 11 Academic advising for summer and fall 2014 Friday, March 28 Last day to withdraw from a regular course with a “W” grade; last day to select pass/fail option for a regular course; last day to withdraw from a Weekend II course with a “W” grade; last day to select pass/fail option for a Weekend II class Monday, March 31 Registration for summer and fall 2014 opens Friday, April 4-Sunday, April 6 Alumni Weekend Friday, April 18 Good Friday; no classes Friday, April 18-Sunday, April 20 No Weekend II classes Tuesday, April 22 Last day of classes Wednesday, April 23 Reading Day; no classes 5 Thursday, April 24 Exams begin; non-graduating students must be out of the residence halls 24 hours after last exam Saturday, April 26 Weekend II classes end Wednesday, April 30 Exams end Thursday, May 1 Final grades due to the Registrar at 12 noon Friday, May 2 Commencement rehearsal for all graduating students, 10 a.m. Baccalaureate/Cap & Gown Ceremony, 7 p.m. Saturday, May 3 Commencement, 10 a.m.; residence halls close, 5 p.m. Summer 2014 Session I: Monday, May 19 Summer Session I classes begin Wednesday, May 21 Last day to add a course, change a course from credit to audit; last day to drop a course without a grade Monday, May 26 Memorial Day Holiday; no classes Wednesday, June 4 Last day to withdraw from a Session I course with a “W” grade; last day to select pass/fail option for a Session I course Thursday, June 19 Summer Session I classes end Friday, June 20-Saturday, June 21 Summer Session I exams Tuesday, June 24 Final grades due to the Registrar at 12 noon Summer 2014 Session II: Monday, June 30 Summer Session II classes begin Wednesday, July 2 Last day to add a course; change a course from credit to audit; last day to drop a course without a grade Friday, July 4 Independence Day Holiday; no classes Wednesday, July 16 Last day to withdraw from a Session II course with a “W” grade; last day to select pass/fail option for a Session II course Thursday, July 31 Summer Session II classes end Friday, August 1-Saturday, August 2 Summer Session II exams Tuesday, August 5 Final grades due to the Registrar at 12 noon TESOL Session 2014: Monday, June 30 TESOL classes begin Friday, July 4 Independence Day Holiday; no classes Thursday, July 31 Last day of classes in TESOL Session 6 HOURS OF OPERATION The following offices/areas on campus are open for the hours listed below. These hours only pertain to the regular academic year. BOOKSTORE (REYNOLDS CENTER) Monday – Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. CAREER SERVICES (3RD FLOOR, MAIN BUILDING) Monday – Friday 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Other times are available by appointment COMPUTER LABS PLEASE REFER TO POSTED HOURS FOR EACH LAB COUNSELING SERVICES Monday – Friday 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. FOWLER DINING HALL (LOWER LEVEL, GREENSBORO HALL) Monday – Thursday 7:30 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. Friday 7:30 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. Saturday- Sunday 9:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. HEALTH CENTER (GREENSBORO BUILDING) Monday – Thursday 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY (IT HOUSE) Monday - Friday 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. JAMES ADDISON JONES LIBRARY Monday – Thursday 8:30 a.m. to midnight Friday 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Saturday Noon to 5:00 p.m. Sunday 2 p.m. to midnight MAIL ROOM (LOWER LEVEL, CAMPBELL CENTER) Monday – Friday 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. ROYCE REYNOLDS FAMILY STUDENT LIFE CENTER PLEASE REFER TO POSTED HOURS 7 CAMPUS TELEPHONE DIRECTORY FREQUENTLY CALLED CAMPUS NUMBERS CAMPUS OFFICE Academic Advising Adult Education Athletics Bookstore Career Services Community Service Computer Lab Counseling Financial Aid Health Center Information Technology Leadership Library Pride Productions Registrarâ€™s Office Residence Life Religious Life Reynolds Center Information Desk Reynolds Center Courtesy Phone Security Student Accounts Student Activities Student Development Student Government Association Switchboard Tutorial Services EXTENSION 287 284 250 233 546 374 376 224 217 277 354 406 241 374 207 625 597 650 7181 245 205 248 227 661 0 493 EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE Greensboro College maintains an emergency system that will assist you in times of need. If assistance is needed: 1. Contact your RA, an RA on duty or a Residence Hall Director. If you are unsuccessful, 2. Contact Campus Security by calling 272-7102, extension 245 (if calling from another campus extension, simply dial ext 245). If you get the voice mail, this means that Security is making campus rounds, and you will need to contact Security by using the pager number (913-0152). In the event that there is an emergency and you need immediate attention, you may call Securityâ€™s emergency cell phone numbers (312-9911). 3. If an ambulance, fire department or police are needed for an emergency, you should call 911. You should still notify an RA, RHD or Campus Security in this situation so that they may assist you in the situation. Campus Security will be automatically notified of your 911 call. Whenever a student is taken to the hospital, a member of the Student Development staff should also be notified so that they may assist the student with completing insurance information, notify a family member if necessary and contact professors in the event that the student must be absent from class. 8 EMERGENCY NUMBERS Campus Security Residence Life Duty Phones 312-9911 255-1701 255-1702 255-1708 ADDITIONAL PHONE INFORMATION Directory Assistance Off Campus 9 + 411 Toll Free Dialing 9 + 1 + 800, 888, 866, 877 Local Calling Area 9 + seven digit number COMMUNITY HEALTH DIRECTORY EMERGENCY SERVICE Emergency Number (Ambulance, Fire, Police) 911 Greensboro Police Department (Information) 373-2222 United Way Help Line 9 + 211 Carolina Poison Center 1-800-848-6946 HOSPITALS/PHYSICIANS The Moses H. Cone Memorial Hospital 1200 North Elm Street 832-7000 Wesley Long Community Hospital 501 North Elam Avenue 832-1000 High Point Regional Hospital 878-6000 Moses Cone Family Practice (Mon.-Fri., 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.) 1125 North Church Street 832-8035 Urgent Care Medical Center (Mon-Thur., 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., Fri. – Sun., 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.) Dr. Bobby Dolittle, MD 102 Pomona Drive 299-0000 Dental Care Dr. Taylor, DDS 378-9630 COUNSELING/SUPPORT GROUPS Adult Children of Alcoholics 888-425-2666 Alcoholics’ Anonymous 854-4278 Al-Anon & Family & Friends of Alcoholics 1-800-449-1287 or 800-344-2666 Moses Cone Behavioral Health Center 832-9600 Family Services of the Piedmont 387-6161 Greensboro College Counseling Office ext. 224 Guilford County Mental Health 676-6905 Narcotics Anonymous 1-800-721-8225 Services for Abused Women 273-7273 FAMILY PLANNING/SEXUALLY TRANSMITTED DISEASES AIDS Information Triad Health Project 275-1654 Greensboro Crisis Pregnancy Center 274-4881 Planned Parenthood of Triad 373-0678 STD Hotline 1-800-227-8922 Guilford County Clinical Services 1-877-641-3245 INSURANCE United HealthCare 1-800-767-0700 24-HOUR CRISIS Alcohol Help line 1-800-ALCOHOL CDC Information 1-800-232-4636 Drug Help Hotline 1-800-662-HELP Family Services Crisis Line 273-7273 Guilford County Emergency Services 292-6127 RAPE Line Hotline 273-7273 Women’s Resource Center 275-6090 Teen Crisis Line (4 p.m. to midnight) 1-800-273-TALK 24-Hour Crisis Intervention Help Line 336- 273-7273 Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-784-2433 9 GREENSBORO COLLEGE HONOR CREED Greensboro College is an institution dedicated to the liberal arts, career preparation and the development of the whole person. Greensboro College values an environment in which students are free to examine issues, think creatively and advocate differing viewpoints. An invitation to attend Greensboro College includes the opportunity to be a part of a unique campus community. Choosing to join the Greensboro College community entails an obligation to uphold the standards set forth in the Honor Creed. All students are protected and bound by four ethical pillars, representing the four Doric columns that support Main Building. These pillars embody the mission of the faculty, staff, students and alumni of Greensboro College, the community of scholars at this institution. RESPECT We respect the dignity and integrity of all persons and property within the community and abroad. We act as a positive influence in representing Greensboro College and are ambassadors in creating a general concern for the welfare of others. We accept all persons, regardless of age, ethnicity, gender, race, religion, physical or mental disability, and sexual orientation. We conduct our actions with civility. All who enter this community are welcomed and treated with compassion and consideration. We understand our responsibility to ourselves and to the world at large to treat the earth and its inhabitants with respect. HONOR We maintain honor and respect in all aspects of our lives. In doing so, the scholars of Greensboro College respect the Academic Honor Code and the Student Code of Conduct in pursuit of the highest level of excellence with the utmost honesty and integrity. Whether in the classroom, on the playing field, on stage or elsewhere, Greensboro College is consistently a beacon of honor in the community at large. INTEGRITY We have a social responsibility to uphold all rules and regulations set forth by the College and its departments. We are obligated to respect the beliefs of our affiliation with the United Methodist Church. We strive to learn from all experiences, positive or negative, made by our peers and ourselves. Each member of this community understands that it is the experiences of our past and the pasts of others that form each personâ€™s spirit and character. GROWTH We aspire to learn and grow from the differences of others. Members understand and respect that no two humans are alike and that the differences among us create the positive environment in which we live. We maintain our own self-respect and dignity, for without respect for the self a person cannot respect anyone. We engage ourselves in our own personal growth in all realms of life and foster a need for the same growth in others. We constantly strive to better ourselves through our actions, thoughts and personal development. By upholding the values of these four pillars, we ensure that the Greensboro College community will always benefit from our relationship. 10 GREENSBORO COLLEGE COMMUNITY IN THIS SECTION: College Mission & Institutional Goals Equal Opportunity Policy Community Expectations Academic Honor Code Student Conduct Code Judicial Policies of the Student Conduct Code Definitions of Student Conduct Code Terms MISSION & INSTITUTIONAL GOALS Greensboro College, an independent, coeducational college affiliated with the United Methodist Church, is an academic and social community that unites liberal arts and Judeo-Christian values in an atmosphere of diversity and mutual respect. True to the United Methodist Churchâ€™s historic ideal of nonsectarian education, Greensboro Collegeâ€™s central purpose is the intellectual development of its students within the dual traditions of the liberal arts and the Judeo-Christian faith. Through a disciplined pursuit of truth, its students acquire knowledge and develop a critical awareness that allows them to live humanely, responsibly and productively in a free society. Such lives are characterized by clarity of thought and expression, the ability to reason, a sense of history and a global perspective, an understanding of literature and language, a knowledge of mathematics and science, an appreciation of the arts, an awareness of political and social realities, a familiarity with the biblical tradition and an ethical awareness, a respect for physical soundness and an understanding of technology. Through its student development services and other co-curricular offerings, Greensboro College encourages the personal and spiritual development of its students. A range of religious, cultural, service, social and athletic programs allows students to participate meaningfully in a rich campus and community life and encourages students to develop a system of values consistent with the mission of the college. Through its professional, pre-professional and career-oriented programs, both undergraduate and graduate, Greensboro College encourages, as well, the professional development of its students. Indeed, the College believes the liberal arts curriculum to be the most appropriate context for such programs. A liberal education provides basic intellectual and communicative capabilities that enable a person to develop and to adapt throughout a productive lifetime. 11 In order to realize its institutional mission, Greensboro College will: 1. Admit students who demonstrate promise of success, without regard for the applicantâ€™s race, color, sexual orientation, religion, socio-economic-status, age, sex, national origin or disability. 2. Provide a balanced course of study, through its requirements for general education, involving a range of disciplines basic to liberal education and providing the knowledge and analytical skills requisite for a life of intellectual and professional growth. 3. Provide among the general education requirements for courses in the Judeo-Christian tradition in religion, philosophy, and ethics. 4. Provide a focused course of study, through its requirements for undergraduate academic majors, leading to a bachelorâ€™s degree in one or more areas of study, including professional, preprofessional and career-oriented programs. 5. Provide an alternatively scheduled course of study, through its Graduate and Professional Studies Program, appropriate for the self-motivated adult, including non-credit courses, as well as courses for which continuing education units are awarded. 6. Provide distinctive graduate programs in selected areas, which build upon the strengths of the undergraduate program and which are responsive to community needs. 7. Recruit, develop and maintain an exemplary faculty and staff. 8. Provide facilities and other instructional support services, including library and computer resources, adequate for the academic program. 9. Provide an environment that supports both residential and commuting students in their academic progress. 10. Provide student development services and co-curricular activities in support of the studentsâ€™ personal and spiritual growth, with opportunities to develop social awareness and a sense of responsibility to community. 11. Provide students with opportunities to develop an appreciation for physical fitness that will contribute to lifelong wellness. 12. Provide for open and effective management of the College, including the development, coordination and allocation of its various resources. 12 EQUAL OPPORTUNITY POLICY Greensboro College admits students of any gender, race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs and activities afforded to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of handicap, age, gender, race, sexual orientation, color or national origin in the administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarships and loan programs or athletic and other schooladministered programs. Greensboro College, an institution dedicated to the liberal arts, career preparation and the development of the whole person, values an environment in which students are free to examine issues, think creatively and advocate differing viewpoints. Freedom of any nature, however, exists within certain boundaries. Boundaries are established in order to protect the academic goals and integrity of the College; to reflect the Judeo-Christian values to which the College as a United Methodist-affiliated school subscribes; to enhance the developing capabilities of students; to uphold federal, state and local law; to recognize the close proximity in which students live; and to protect the rights of all. Attending Greensboro College is a privilege, not a right. An invitation to attend Greensboro College brings with it the opportunity to be a part of a special and unique campus community. All students are protected by the Academic Honor Code and Student Conduct Code, which sets forth the expectation that all students strive for an optimal living and learning environment. The Academic Honor Code and the Student Conduct Code of Greensboro College embody standards for community living and learning. Students living by these codes readily accept the responsibility of balancing their individual freedoms with a sensitivity to and respect for the rights of others. Students living by the Academic Honor Code and the Student Conduct Code have a knowledge, understanding and respect for the needs of the community, such as those concerning security, quiet hours and guest visitation. The codes provide guidelines for behavior, which help create a sense of community while promoting an understanding and acceptance of individual differences. Students living by the Academic Honor Code and the Student Conduct Code act with honor and integrity. They understand the importance of respect for human dignity. Only when each individual accepts responsibility for his or her actions in an honorable manner can all students take full benefit of the rich experience Greensboro College has to offer. Any behavior which infringes on the rights, dignity, safety, privileges or property of others, or which impedes the educational process, is unacceptable. Students whose behavior is disruptive or detrimental to the welfare of the community or self may be disciplined or dismissed. 13 The integrity of the Academic Honor Code and the Student Conduct Code is reflected by the commitment of each community member to uphold the codes. Accordingly, Greensboro College students have a duty to report violations. It is important that each member of the Greensboro College community become familiar with these governing codes, which comprise the rules, regulations and policies of the College. Ignorance of the rules, regulations and policies is not an acceptable reason for violating policies, which protect the rights, needs and dignity of others. Members of the Student Development staff will be happy to answer any questions concerning the Academic Honor Code and the Student Conduct Code or their administration. ACADEMIC HONOR CODE All academic endeavors at Greensboro College are based on the expectation and assumption that each student will uphold the highest principles of honesty and fairness. The expectation and assumption find expression in the Academic Honor Code, which every student is committed to uphold. 1. The Academic Honor Code • Every student is honor bound to refrain from cheating. • Every student is honor bound to refrain from plagiarizing. • Every student is honor bound to refrain from lying. • Every student is honor bound to refrain from misusing library, laboratory or computer equipment or materials. • Every student is honor bound to refrain from disruptive classroom behavior. • Every student is honor bound to comply strictly with all examination and testing procedures, as may be prescribed by the College, the faculty or individual members of the faculty. • Every student is honor bound to report Academic Honor Code violations. 2. Administrative Procedures A student who is alleged to have violated the Academic Honor Code will be informed of the alleged violation in one of two ways: A. The faculty member who suspects that a violation of the Academic Honor Code has occurred in a course that he or she is teaching may discuss the possible violation with the student. Following this conference, the faculty member may determine that no violation of the Academic Honor Code has occurred. If this is the case, no further action is taken. If the faculty member determines that, in his or her judgment, a violation has occurred then the matter is handled in one of the following ways: 1) If the student accepts responsibility for the alleged violation and if the student has not previously 14 accepted responsibility or been found responsible for a violation of the Academic Honor Code, the faculty member may determine the consequences for the violation, up to and including the assignment of a failing grade in the course. 2) If the student previously has accepted responsibility for the alleged violation or if the student does not agree with the penalty assigned by the faculty member for the alleged violation, the matter is referred to the Academic Honor Council. 3) If the student previously has accepted responsibility or has been found responsible for a violation of the Academic Honor Code, the matter automatically shall be referred to the Academic Honor Council. 4) A student who believes that the provisions of this section have not been followed should notify the Dean of the Faculty in writing. Upon receipt of such a complaint, the Dean of the Faculty will investigate the matter and take appropriate action. The student shall be notified in writing of the Dean of the Facultyâ€™s decision regarding the complaint. B. The student will receive written notification of the alleged violation from the Chair of the Academic Honor Council. This notification will contain the time and date of an administrative conference that the student is required to attend. At the administrative conference between the Chair of the Academic Honor Council and the student, the Chair of the Academic Honor Council will explain the allegations and review the procedures to be employed in resolving the matter. If the Chair of the Academic Honor Council is the faculty member making the accusation or if the Chair is unavailable, the Dean of the Faculty shall select one of the other faculty members on the Council to serve as Chair. The student shall be informed during this conference of the options available for resolution of the allegations. The student may accept responsibility or decline to accept responsibility for the alleged violation at the administrative conference. Upon acceptance of responsibility for the alleged violation, the faculty member teaching the course in which the violation occurred may determine the consequences for the violation, up to and including the assignment of a failing grade in the course. Alternatively, the faculty member may refer the matter to the Academic Honor Council for determination of the appropriate consequences. However, in either case, if a student previously has accepted responsibility or been found responsible for a violation of the Academic Honor Code, the matter automatically shall be referred to the Academic Honor Council. Failure to attend the administrative conference will be treated as acceptance of responsibility for the alleged violation. In such instances, the faculty member teaching the course in which the violation is alleged to have occurred may determine the consequences for the violation, up to and including 15 the assignment of a failing grade in the course. Alternatively, the faculty member may refer the matter to the Academic Honor Council for determination of the appropriate consequences. In cases considered by the Academic Honor Council in which the student has accepted responsibility for the alleged violation, the Academic Honor Council will assess the case and determine the consequences for the violation. In the event a student declines to accept responsibility for an alleged violation, the matter is referred to the Academic Honor Council. 3. Academic Honor Council The Academic Honor Council is composed of two students appointed by the President of the Student Government Association (SGA) and three members of the faculty, selected by the Academic Council from among its faculty membership. A student alternate also shall be appointed by the President of SGA and one member of the faculty, selected by the Academic Council from among its faculty membership, also shall serve as an alternate. The members of the Academic Honor Council shall select one of the faculty members serving on the Council as Chair. 4. Honor Council Procedures A. Rights of Students in Academic Honor Council Proceedings. 1) To receive notice of alleged violations. 2) To receive notice of the date, time, and place of his or her administrative conference and meeting with the Academic Honor Council. 3) To have Greensboro College student counsel present at his or her meeting with the Academic Honor Council. 4) To offer witnesses to the alleged violation(s) on his or her behalf before the Academic Honor Council. 5) To speak on his or her behalf. 6) To have an explanation of the decision reached by the Academic Honor Council. B. Guidelines for the Meetings of the Academic Honor Council. Meetings of the Academic Honor Council are closed to the public. In addition to members of the Council, only the following are allowed to attend: the student alleged to have violated the Academic Honor Code, his or her Greensboro College student counsel if engaged and witnesses or persons who have been asked to speak to the Council. All proceedings of the Academic Honor Council are considered strictly confidential. Normally, the Academic Honor Council meets only during the fall and spring semesters. Alleged 16 violations of the Academic Honor Code that occur during the summer and which require consideration by the Academic Honor Council will be deferred until the beginning of the fall semester. At other times, the student may petition the Vice President for Academic Affairs to convene an emergency-appointed Council. 5. Reporting an Infraction Acknowledging an Honor Code violation is the first step in correcting it. A student who wishes to acknowledge his or her violation should report the violation to the faculty member involved. If a student previously has accepted responsibility or been found responsible for a violation of the Academic Honor Code, the matter automatically shall be referred to the Academic Honor Council. In other cases, the faculty member involved may determine the consequences for the violation, up to and including the assignment of a failing grade in the course. If the faculty member so chooses, the faculty member may refer the violation to the Academic Honor Council, which will assess the case and determine the consequences for the violation. A student who witnesses or has knowledge of a violation of the Academic Honor Code by another student is encouraged to confront the suspected student and request that she or he report the violation to the faculty member teaching the course. Any student who witnesses or has knowledge of a violation must report the violation to the faculty member involved, to the Chair of the Academic Honor Council or to the Dean of the Faculty. 6. Penalties Any violation of the Academic Honor Code is extremely serious. During the conference with the Academic Honor Council Chair, should the student acknowledge a violation, the faculty member teaching the course in which the violation occurred may impose penalties up to and including the imposition of a failing grade in the course. However, if a student previously has accepted responsibility or been found responsible for a violation of the Academic Honor Code, the matter automatically shall be referred to the Academic Honor Council. The Academic Honor Council, after hearing the case, may impose penalties including, but not limited to, warning, imposition of a failing grade in the course, suspension for one or more semesters and/or dismissal. The Academic Honor Council, in its sole discretion, shall determine the beginning and ending dates of any suspension. Any student suspended from the College for an Academic Honor Code violation must reapply for admission. Both the Scholastic Standing Committee and the Readmission Committee must approve such application for readmission. Penalties of suspension and dismissal result in notations on the studentâ€™s official academic transcript indicating that a violation of the Academic Honor Code was the reason for the suspension or dismissal. 17 If the accused student is found to have violated the Academic Honor Code and receives a penalty involving suspension or dismissal, the Vice President for Academic Affairs shall review the matter. If the Vice President for Academic Affairs agrees with the penalty recommended by the Honor Council, then the student receives the penalty. The Vice President for Academic Affairs may, in his or her sole discretion, impose a lesser penalty than that imposed by the Academic Honor Council and/or change the beginning and ending dates of any suspension determined by the Academic Honor Council. There shall be no appeal from the decisions of the Academic Honor Council except as provided herein. During any period of suspension for a violation, a student may not be present on campus, may not receive credit toward graduation from Greensboro College for courses taken at any institution and may not participate in College functions or student activities. 7. Records The files of the Academic Honor Council shall be maintained at the direction of the Dean of the Faculty. All members of the Academic Honor Council who are considering a violation or an alleged violation of the Academic Honor Code shall have access to all pertinent records. STUDENT CONDUCT CODE Greensboro College views its role in the administration of student and/or student-led organization conduct as one of both ensuring due process and providing an educational opportunity for the student(s) involved. While it is intended that this approach protect the campus community by providing a system of sanctions for those individuals or organizations violating the student conduct code, the system also encourages growth and development of students by supporting the practice of responsible behavior as it relates to living and learning in a community. This approach expects self-management and respect for the rights and privileges of others by each individual student. The purpose of the student conduct code is therefore, to educate students about personal responsibility and encourage his/her development toward independence. I. Philosophy of the Student Conduct Code A. A judicial process is necessary and effective when it is applied in the learning experience of a student and/or for protection of the community in which the student lives and learns. B. When judicial action becomes necessary, the matter should be handled as expeditiously as possible. C. The education of students concerning the rules and regulations of the College, emphasizing the need to live by those rules in a community. D. Proper student conduct is promoted in residence hall meetings, administrative conferences, Student Conduct Council meetings and student contact with staff and faculty. 18 II. Administrative Roles A. The Dean of Students and/or his/her designee is responsible for the overall administration and interpretation of the Student Conduct Code. B. The Associate Dean of Students serves as the College Judicial Officer. 1. He/she shall assign adjudication of alleged violations in conjunction with the Dean of Students. 2. All alleged student conduct code violations shall be adjudicated by the assigned staff member with an administrative conference. III. Administrative Procedures A. When an incident has been documented and a student or student-led organization has allegedly violated the Student Conduct Code, the following will occur: 1. The student/student-led organization will receive written notification of the alleged violation and the time and date of the administrative conference. It is the student’s responsibility to notify the College official with whom they are scheduled to meet if there is a conflict with the scheduled meeting time. This must be done prior to the scheduled meeting time, and an alternate meeting scheduled. 2. An administrative conference will be held with the Associate Dean of Students, or his/her designee, where the allegation(s) will be discussed. 3. During this time the Associate Dean of Student or his/her designee will: Review the purpose of the administrative conference and judicial process Review the allegations with the student Share possible sanctions with the student Invite the student to ask questions regarding the process Invite the student to recount his/her version of the incident Make a decision regarding the alleged violations Assign charges and sanctions or dismiss the alleged violations Clarify the next steps in the judicial process B. Failure to attend an administrative conference may be treated as contempt and charges will be assigned for the alleged violation(s) in absentia. In such instances, the College official will determine the appropriate sanction(s) for the violation(s). C. When a student is charged with one or more violations, s/he will be notified in writing of the sanction(s) imposed. The sanction(s) may include, but are not limited to, those listed under Judicial Policies, section V, subsections A-Y. 1. All sanctions must be completed by the specified date. 2. Failure to complete sanctions may result in further consequences including a charge of non- 19 compliance, contempt, disciplinary probation, suspension or dismissal. D. A student that is charged with one or more violations of the Student Conduct Code has the right to file an appeal. Appeals must be: 1. Submitted in writing to the Chair of the Student Conduct Council within 48 business hours of the Administrative Conference AND 2. Must specify the precise grounds for the appeal. Criteria for appropriately filed appeals are as follows: Procedural errors within the original Administrative Conference process Additional information is available to be presented New or additional witnesses are available E. If the Council decides there is just cause for an appeal, the student will be notified in writing of the time, date and procedures for a Student Conduct Council Appeal hearing. See Section V. Student Conduct Council F. A student’s or student-led organization’s judicial record will be cumulative, and past violations may be taken into account when charging students or groups and assigning sanctions. IV. Probation, Suspension, and Dismissal The judicial officer hearing a case may recommend a sanction including Disciplinary Probation, Suspension, or Dismissal from the College. The student must then attend a follow-up hearing with the Dean of Students and/or his/her designee if s/he chooses not to appeal the charges. A. A student placed on disciplinary probation may be: 1. Placed on probation for up to one academic-year; 2. Placed on probation and removed from on-campus housing; 3. Placed on probation and prohibited from certain areas of campus. B. A student who is suspended may be: 1. Suspended for up to one academic year; 2. At the end of that suspension, the student may apply for readmission to Greensboro College; 3. Prohibited from being present on campus and from participating in College functions or student activities. C. A student permanently dismissed from the College will not have the option to apply for readmission, may not be present on campus and may not participate in College functions or student activities. D. Greensboro College may report any violations of local, state or federal law to the proper legal authorities. 20 V. Student Conduct Council Any student who is granted an appeal hearing shall meet with the Student Conduct Council. A. Composition of the Student Conduct Council 1. The Student Conduct Council is composed of five (5) members including: Two (2) student members and two (2) student alternates nominated by the Student Government Association (SGA) President and approved by the Dean of Students. (a) Students who serve on the Council may not be on academic or disciplinary probation nor can they be currently employed as a Resident Advisor (RA). (b) Student members serve a one year term. Three (3) faculty/staff members and one (1) alternate faculty/staff member, each approved by the Vice-President for Student Affairs and the Vice-President for Academic Affairs. (a) Faculty/staff members serve a four year term, (b) The initial year served as the alternate, (c) Each consecutive year serving as a full member, (d) Rotating off after four consecutive years. The Associate Dean of Students will serve as an ex-officio member of the council. 2. The members shall select a faculty or staff member serving on the Council as Chair. The Chair may not be the alternate faculty/staff member, The role of the Chair is to: (a) coordinate the Student Conduct Council proceedings, (b) ensure that policies and procedures are followed and, (c) assist in guiding student(s) involved through the proceedings. The Chair may serve, as many consecutive years as Chair, to which s/he is appointed, within his/her active term (up to 3 years). The Associate Dean of Students or his/her designee works with the Chair to ensure that all Student Conduct Council sessions follow due process. B. Student Conduct Council Procedures 1. A student who appeals a judicial charge to the Council shall: receive notice of the date, time and place of his/her appeal meeting with the Council; have the option of a self selected Greensboro College student counsel present at his/her meeting with the Council; (a) RAs may not serve as student counsel offer witnesses (on his/her behalf) of the charged violation(s) before the Council; (a) character witnesses are not permitted have the option to question witnesses directly or through student council; 21 have the option to speak on his/her behalf; receive an explanation of the reasons for the decision reached. 2. Council hearings are closed to the public. In addition to members of the Student Conduct Council, only the following are allowed to attend: the appellate student; his/her Greensboro College student counsel; witnesses or persons who have been asked to speak to the Council. 3. In any matter involving allegations of personal violence or alleged threats of personal violence, the Dean of Students or his/her designee may allow other necessary witnesses or security personnel to attend. 4. All proceedings of the Student Conduct Council are strictly confidential. 5. The Associate Dean of Students or his/her designee will forward all materials pertaining to the incident(s) to the chair of the Council members. 6. The Council may continue or postpone a hearing for the convenience of the Council ONLY. The class schedule of the appellate student will be taken into consideration when the Council schedules the hearing. If an outside conflict arises for the student, the Council shall hear the case in absentia. The appellate student may: (a) offer a written statement to the Council, (b) present a list of witnesses, (c) send student council in his/her stead. 7. After hearing from the appellate student, student council, and witnesses, the Council shall come to a decision, in a closed session, (voting members only) to: Uphold the charges, sanctions shall remain the same; Modify the charges and make suggestions to modify the sanctions accordingly; Remove the charges, sanctions shall be removed. 8. The council may, at its discretion, review the student’s conduct record before making a final decision. 9. A follow up meeting with the Dean of Student or his/her designee shall be scheduled with the student. 10. Written notification of final charges and sanctions will be provided. C. Cases in which a charge is appealed and Disciplinary Suspension or Dismissal was a recommended sanction by the judicial officer, the Council must make a recommendation regarding those sanctions to the Dean of Students. D. A student may appeal a Student Conduct Council decision ONLY on the basis that the Council’s proceedings were not conducted in accordance with the above process. Appeals shall: 22 1. not review the merits of arguments presented before the Student Conduct Council or the merits of the Council’s decision; 2. be submitted in writing to the Dean of Students within 24 hours of the Student Conduct Council’s decision; 3. and must specify the precise grounds for the appeal. If the appeal is granted a new Student Conduct Council hearing will be scheduled. If the appeal is denied the follow-up meeting with the Dean of Students will take place. VI. Suspension of due process A. Although the College makes every effort to adjudicate Student Conduct violations in the previously outlined educational manner, following due process, it reserves the right to report any violation to the appropriate authorities. B. Furthermore, the College reserves the right, at the discretion of the President, Vice Presidents, and/or Dean of Students, to immediately dismiss or suspend from the College any student deemed to be a threat to self or others. In the event that such discretion is exercised, the College shall have no obligation to follow the outlined judicial procedures and the affected student shall not be vested with those rights otherwise afforded under the Student Conduct Code. JUDICIAL POLICIES OF THE STUDENT CONDUCT CODE Greensboro College supports the theological and ethical traditions of the United Methodist Church. Accordingly, the College encourages responsible social interaction among all its students. I. Pledge I hereby pledge to uphold and abide by the Student Conduct Code. II. Public Awareness of Violations A. It is the obligation of every Greensboro College student to report violations of the Student Conduct Code to a member of the Student Development, Residence Life, Campus Security staff, or any other College Administrator. Any Greensboro College student who chooses to remain in an area where a violation of the Student Conduct Code is occurring or who withholds information regarding a violation of the Student Conduct Code may be referred for disciplinary action along with those involved in the violation. That student may also be charged with the same violation(s) as those who committed the violation(s). B. A student can report a violation by completing an “Incident Report” which can be obtained from Campus Security, a member of the Residence Life staff or on-line. 23 III. Off-Campus Conduct Conduct occurring off-campus, which is a violation of the Student Conduct Code, may be subject to the same judicial process and sanctions as if the conduct occurred on campus. IV. Removal from Campus If the College has reason to believe that a student poses a danger to him/herself or other members of the Greensboro College community, the student may be: A. required to complete a no contact order; 1. A signed document that the student may have no contact in any manner with another student or group of students. B. banned from the Residence Halls; 1. Immediate removal from the dorms, with no privilege to return, for a specified period of time. C. banned from campus; 1. Immediate removal from the campus grounds, with no privilege to return, for a specified period of time. V. Violations The following are considered violations of the Student Conduct Code. These violations are applicable to any and all Greensboro College student, student led organizations, and guests of students. The possible sanctions listed are a guideline only. In any situation, the sanctions may be more or less severe based on the particular incident and circumstances. A. Alcohol 1. Greensboro College, through education and supervision, affirms, supports, and encourages the position of the United Methodist Church outlined in The Book of Discipline with regard to consumption of alcohol and, therefore, recommends abstinence. Recognizing, however, that some responsible individuals consume alcohol and realizing that there are members of the Greensboro College community of legal drinking age, the following policy has been established. 2. Failure to comply with this policy constitutes a violation of the Greensboro College Student Conduct Code. VIOLATION AlcoholLevel One POSSIBLE SANCTIONS: First Offense Disciplinary Reprimand Alcohol Education Sanction* Community Restitution Second Offense Educational Sanction* INSIGHT Class* 24 Parent or Guardian Notification Loss of Housing Privileges** Community Restitution Required Substance Abuse Assessment and/or Counseling*** Disciplinary/Social Probation Suspension or Dismissal Third Offense Parent or Guardian Notification Disciplinary/Social Probation Loss of Housing Privileges Suspension or Dismissal Empty alcohol containers: are prohibited in a room where either resident is under the legal drinking age. The displaying or possession of such containers in the residents’ room is a violation of the Student Conduct Code. Failure to comply after a request to discard containers will result in an alcohol violation. Age limitations: The laws of the State of North Carolina pertaining to the possession and use of alcoholic beverages shall be followed specifically. It is illegal for persons under the age of 21 to consume or possess alcohol or for persons of legal drinking age to supply alcoholic beverages to those who have not reached the age of 21. Alcohol may not be consumed or possessed in a room where either student is under the legal drinking age. Closed containers: Students may not loiter in public areas while in possession of alcoholic beverages. (A closed container is one on which the seal has not been broken). Public display of alcoholic beverages on campus or College-owned property: Alcoholic beverages may not be possessed or consumed by persons of any age outside of individual residence hall rooms, unless at an approved, College-sponsored event. Purchase of alcohol with College funds: Neither the College nor any group, which owes its existence to Greensboro College, whether officially or unofficially, formally or informally, will be permitted to use any organizational funds derived from or held by the institution for the purchase of any kind of alcoholic beverage. Social functions. Greensboro College does not permit alcoholic beverages at student-sponsored or athletic events on or off campus. All members of the Greensboro College community are responsible for abiding by this policy and the enforcement thereof. VIOLATION AlcoholLevel Two POSSIBLE SANCTIONS: First Offense Educational Sanction INSIGHT Class* Parent or Guardian Notification Loss of Housing Privileges Community Restitution Required Substance Abuse Assessment and/or Counseling** Disciplinary/Social Probation Suspension or Dismissal Second Offense Parent or Guardian Notification 25 Loss of Housing Privileges Disciplinary/Social Probation Suspension or Dismissal Alcohol Abuse. Unbecoming behavior or any conduct violation committed by a student under the influence of alcohol is not acceptable in the Greensboro College community. Alcohol abuse is considered any use of alcohol by a student which leads to medical consequences or inappropriate behavior. Examples of such include but are not limited to: alcohol poisoning, blackouts, gastritis (vomiting), alcohol-related physical injuries, verbal abuse, physical abuse, property damage, failure to comply with College officials, reoccurring episodes of intoxication or a single episode of intoxication in which the Dean of Students or his/her designee believes that the level of intoxication posed a risk to the student’s or other students’ health or well being. Binge Drinking: Any drinking game or common container found on campus or at a College sponsored off campus event shall be considered to be used for binge drinking. Pong tables/set ups, Beer kegs, bongs/funnels and other common containers are considered a violation. Off-Campus violations. Although Greensboro College cannot and does not accept responsibility for the conduct of students while they are off College property and cannot regulate the sale of alcoholic beverages to members of the Greensboro College community by the management of off-campus businesses, the College reserves the right to make off-campus conduct by its students a matter of the judicial policy under the Student Conduct Code - See Judicial Policies, Section III. B. Conduct Unbecoming of a Greensboro College Student/Disorderly Conduct VIOLATION POSSIBLE SANCTIONS: Conduct Unbecoming of a Greensboro College Student/Disorderly Conduct First Offense Disciplinary Reprimand Verbal or Written Apology Educational Sanction Loss of Housing Privileges Community Restitution Disciplinary/Social Probation Suspension or Dismissal Second Offense Educational Sanction Loss of Housing Privileges Community Restitution Disciplinary/Social Probation Suspension or Dismissal Any behavior including, but not limited to, the use of profanity, obscene and/or indecent behavior or gestures, harassment, hazing, communicating threats, or violating the rights of others is prohibited. C. Contempt VIOLATION POSSIBLE SANCTIONS: Contempt Written or Verbal apology 26 Educational Sanction Loss of Housing Privileges Incomplete Community Restitution will be increased Disciplinary/Social Probation Suspension or Dismissal Disruption of Student Conduct Council proceedings; Failure to perform obligations imposed pursuant to the Student Conduct Code; Failure to appear at an administrative conference; Failure to appear or communicate to a College official who requests such. D. Drugs, Paraphernalia, and Substance Abuse VIOLATION Drugs, Paraphernalia, and Substance Abuse POSSIBLE SANCTIONS: First Offense Educational Sanction INSIGHT Class* Parent or Guardian Notification Loss of Housing Privileges Community Restitution Required Substance Abuse Assessment and/or Counseling* Disciplinary/Social Probation Suspension or Dismissal Second Offense Disciplinary/Social Probation Suspension or Dismissal Greensboro College has a zero tolerance policy for the use of illegal drugs, drug paraphernalia, and substance abuse of any type. Therefore, any substance, legal or otherwise, that is used for the intention of intoxication/impairment, or misused regardless of intent, and is deemed harmful or potentially harmful to self or others, will be considered substance abuse. This policy is intended to maintain a drug-free living and learning environment and workplace. The College recognizes the potentially harmful effect that substance abuse can have on the lives of individual members within the Greensboro College community. Self-referral is strongly encouraged for students who want to seek recovery from alcohol or other substance abuse. Students who seek early assistance in the recovery from substance abuse impairment may be required to participate in an education and treatment program. Disregard of this policy will subject offenders to disciplinary action up to and including dismissal from the College. The College strictly prohibits the possession, use and/or distribution of illegal drugs and drug paraphernalia by any member of the Greensboro College community. Examples of prohibited and illegal items include, but are not limited to: any amount of an illicit drug (including seeds), bongs, pot pipes (bowls), rolling papers, scales (electronic or hand-held), blow tubes, etc. The College reserves the right to notify appropriate authorities involving any violation of local, state or federal law. 27 E. Embezzlement VIOLATION POSSIBLE SANCTIONS: Embezzlement Educational Sanction Financial Restitution Restriction of Fiscal Responsibility Community Restitution Disciplinary/Social Probation Suspension or Dismissal To convert, with/without proper authority, any College monies or property, by a student or organization, including the SGA, Finance Committee, and all other campus clubs and organizations, into personal accounts or possession. F. Falsification VIOLATION POSSIBLE SANCTIONS: Falsification Written or Verbal Apology Educational Sanction Community Restitution Financial Restitution Disciplinary/Social Probation Suspension or Dismissal To falsify any records or identification cards. To deliberately lie or provide false information to any campus authority, including faculty, staff, security, residence life staff or student government officers acting in their official capacities. Such conduct includes, but is not limited to, claims for reimbursement, timesheets, government ID cards, admissions forms, and financial aid forms. It may also include intentional misuse or misrepresentation of the Internet, instant messengers, and phone or email accounts. G. Fighting/Battery VIOLATION POSSIBLE SANCTIONS: Fighting/Battery Disciplinary Reprimand Written or Verbal Apology Loss of Housing Privileges Educational Sanction Community Restitution Payment for damages/injuries Disciplinary/Social Probation Suspension or Dismissal Fighting is defined as an encounter with blows or other personal violence between two or more persons. The only exception to a charge of fighting and battery is if a case of self-defense has been proven. If it is determined that a student initiated an altercation with another person, the student who initiates the fight may receive a more severe consequence than the student who responds to the altercation. 28 H. Fireworks, combustible materials, open flame VIOLATION POSSIBLE SANCTIONS: Fireworks, Combustible Materials, Open Flame Confiscation of Materials Disciplinary Reprimand Loss Of Housing Privileges Educational Sanction Community Restitution Disciplinary/Social Probation, Suspension or Dismissal The College strictly prohibits the possession or use of fireworks or combustible materials of any kind which includes, but is not limited to, halogen lamps, gasoline, and paint thinner, kerosene, incense, oil lamps, candles and other articles that may be a source of flames. All such articles will be confiscated. I. Fire Safety VIOLATION POSSIBLE SANCTIONS: Fire Safety Financial Restitution of any expenses or fees incurred by the College, including replacement costs and fines Loss of Housing Privileges Community Restitution Disciplinary/Social Probation Suspension or Dismissal The campus fire alarm system is critical to the protection of the lives and property of students. North Carolina General Statute Section 14-286 states as follows: â€œGiving false fire alarms; molesting fire-alarm, fire-detection or fire-extinguishing system. It shall be unlawful for any person or persons to wantonly and willfully give or cause to be given, or to advise, counsel, or aid and abet anyone in giving a false alarm of fire, or to break the glass key protector, or to pull the slide, arm, or lever of any station or signal box of any fire-alarm system, except in case of fire, or willfully misuse or damage a portable fire extinguisher, or in any way to willfully interfere with, damage, deface, molest, or injure any part or portion of any fire-alarm, fire-detection, smokedetection or fire-extinguishing system. Any person violating any of the provisions of this section shall be guilty of a misdemeanor punishable by a fine not to exceed five hundred dollars ($500.00), imprisonment for not more than six months, or both.â€? Therefore, tampering with fire alarms and fire-fighting equipment, failing to render reasonable cooperation in any fire-related emergency, deliberately setting a fire, failing to leave a building during a fire drill or fire-related emergency, setting off a fire alarm other than in case of emergency and failing to report a fire are violations of this policy. Greensboro College is required by law to report fire safety violations to the proper authorities. 29 J. Gambling VIOLATION POSSIBLE SANCTIONS: Gambling Disciplinary Reprimand Educational Sanction Disciplinary/Social Probation Suspension or Dismissal Gambling is defined as the playing of games of chance or betting for money. Gambling is illegal in the state of North Carolina. K. Harassment VIOLATION POSSIBLE SANCTIONS: Harassment Verbal or Written Apology Educational Sanction Loss of Housing Privileges Community Restitution Disciplinary/Social Probation Suspension or Dismissal Greensboro College will not tolerate acts or instances of hatred or intolerance directed toward any individuals or groups. Harassment includes any physical or non-physical act, whether verbal, written, by phone or electronic communication, which is not desired by the party to whom it is directed. L. Hazing VIOLATION POSSIBLE SANCTIONS: Hazing Verbal or Written Apology Educational Sanction Loss of Housing Privileges Disciplinary/Social Probation Suspension or Dismissal Hazing is a fundamental violation of human dignity. According to North Carolina State Law: â€œIt shall be unlawful for any student in any college or school in this state to engage in what is known as hazing, or to aid or abet any other student in the commission of this offense.â€? Hazing is any intentional, knowing or reckless act directed against a student occurring on or off campus that endangers the mental or physical health or safety of that student for the purpose of pledging, associating or affiliating with, being initiated into, holding office in or seeking membership in any student organization. Consent or acquiescence by a student(s) being subjected to hazing is not a reasonable defense in a judicial hearing. M. Host Responsibility VIOLATION POSSIBLE SANCTIONS: Host Responsibility Disciplinary Reprimand Verbal or Written Apology Educational Sanction Loss of Housing Privileges 30 Community Restitution Disciplinary/Social Probation Suspension or Dismissal Any violation of the Student Conduct Code by a guest of a student will be adjudicated to the same extent as if the student committed the violation. N. Littering VIOLATION Littering POSSIBLE SANCTIONS: First Offense Disciplinary Reprimand Verbal or Written Apology Financial Restitution ($25, $50, $100) Community Restitution Loss of Housing Privileges Disciplinary/Social Probation The public disposal of any substance or item in an area other than a trash receptacle is a violation of this policy. O. Noise VIOLATION POSSIBLE SANCTIONS: Noise Disciplinary Reprimand Verbal or Written Apology Educational Sanction Loss of Housing Privileges Community Restitution Disciplinary/Social Probation To cause noise on campus grounds or in any College building which disrupts an atmosphere conducive to study and rest would be a violation of Courtesy Hours and Campus Quiet Hours. Courtesy hours are in effect 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Campus Quiet Hours are SundayThursday, 10 p.m. to 10 a.m. and Friday-Saturday, midnight - 10 a.m. P. Non-Compliance VIOLATION POSSIBLE SANCTIONS: Non-Compliance Disciplinary Reprimand Verbal or Written Apology Educational Sanction Loss of Housing Privileges Community Restitution Disciplinary/Social Probation Suspension or Dismissal To fail or refuse to comply with the directions of any campus authority including, but not limited to, campus security and residence life staff acting in the performance of their duties. Such requests include, without limitation, requests to identify one self, to produce a valid identification card or to alter oneâ€™s behavior. 31 Q. Campus Policies and Procedures VIOLATION POSSIBLE SANCTIONS: Campus Policies & Procedures Disciplinary Reprimand Verbal or Written Apology Loss of Housing Privileges Educational Sanction Financial Restitution Disciplinary/Social Probation Suspension or Dismissal Failure to abide by the Campus Policies and Procedures and Residence Life Policies and Procedures, which are outlined in the Pride Guide, as well as other Student Organization, Greek Life and Academic Policies and Procedures. R. Sexual Misconduct VIOLATION POSSIBLE SANCTIONS: Sexual Misconduct Disciplinary Reprimand Educational Sanction Loss of Housing Privileges Community Restitution Counseling Disciplinary/Social Probation Suspension or Dismissal Interim Suspension may be imposed prior to Student Conduct Council meeting Greensboro College will not tolerate sexual misconduct of any kind. Sexual misconduct includes, but is not limited to, unwelcome sexual advances (including nonconsensual sexual contact), nonconsensual sexual intercourse (anal, vaginal or oral), sexual exploitation, and sexual harassment. Nonconsensual sexual contact can occur whether or not the person is conscious, has the capacity to consent or is impaired by the use of alcohol or other drugs. S. Theft VIOLATION POSSIBLE SANCTIONS: Theft Confiscation of Stolen Goods Educational Sanction Financial Restitution Community Restitution Disciplinary/Social Probation Suspension or Dismissal The taking or concealing of property without the express permission of the owner is a violation of this policy. T. Tobacco Use VIOLATION Tobacco Use POSSIBLE SANCTIONS: First Offense Disciplinary Reprimand Community Restitution 32 Second Offense Verbal or Written Apology Educational Sanction Community Restitution Third Offense Financial Restitution Loss of Housing Privileges To fail to abide by the procedures set forth in the policy for a tobacco free campus, which prohibits the use of any tobacco products including, but not limited to cigarettes, cigars, pipe tobacco, and smokeless tobacco products. U. Trespassing VIOLATION POSSIBLE SANCTIONS: Trespassing Disciplinary Reprimand Verbal or Written Apology Educational Sanction Community Restitution Disciplinary/Social Probation Suspension or Dismissal To gain unauthorized entrance to any College building, office, residence hall or residential room; or make unauthorized use of any College equipment. V. Vandalism VIOLATION POSSIBLE SANCTIONS: Vandalism Verbal or Written Apology Educational Sanction Loss of Housing Privileges Community Restitution Financial Restitution Disciplinary/Social Probation Suspension or Dismissal To abuse, damage or deface, in any way, College or private property is a violation. W. Violation of Local, State or Federal Law VIOLATION POSSIBLE SANCTIONS: Violation of Local, State or Federal Law Verbal or Written Apology Educational Sanction Financial Restitution of any expenses incurred by the College Community Restitution Disciplinary/Social Probation Suspension or Dismissal With the exception of parking infractions, any violation of local, state or federal law is a violation of the Student Conduct Code. The College reserves the right to report any such violation to the appropriate authorities. X. Visitation /Escort 1. Visitation & Escort Policy 33 There is a uniform Visitation Policy for all residence halls at Greensboro College. Visitation hours are as follows: (a) Sunday-Thursday Guests permitted 10 a.m. to Midnight (b) Friday-Saturday Guests permitted 24 hours All non-residential students and guests/visitors of the College must be escorted at all times while in a residence hall. All residents are responsible for the behavior of their guests. VIOLATION Visitation/Escort POSSIBLE SANCTIONS: First Offense Disciplinary Reprimand Educational Sanction Community Restitution Second Offense Verbal or Written Apology Educational Sanction Community Restitution Loss of visitation privileges To fail to abide by the procedures set forth in the policy for residence hall visitation including exiting or entering through limited access doors. Y. Weapons VIOLATION POSSIBLE SANCTIONS: Weapons Confiscation of weapon Educational Sanction Loss of Housing Privileges Up to 30 hours of Community Restitution Disciplinary Probation Suspension or Dismissal The College strictly prohibits the possession or use of any weapons including, but not limited to, guns, rifles, pistols, BB guns, pellet guns, stun guns, air rifles/pistols, paintball guns, BB’s, bullets, bomb-making devices, knives (of any length), brass knuckles, slingshots, leaded canes and martial arts devices. In addition, any object that resembles a firearm or weapon is prohibited. The only exception would be for “a weapon used solely for educational or school-sanctioned ceremonial purposes, or used in a school-approved program conducted under the supervision of an adult whose supervision has been approved by the school authority” (North Carolina General Statute Section 14269.2). Those persons exempted from this policy include any firefighters, police, emergency service personnel, North Carolina Forest Service personnel, and any private police employed by the College, when acting in the discharge of their official duties (North Carolina General Statute Section 14269.2). 34 Any weapon or ammunition discovered on College property will be confiscated immediately. *Student is responsible for all costs associated with required assessments and classes. ** A student who has his/her housing privileges revoked as a result of a judicial matter will remain financial responsibility for his/her room charges until such time as s/he is qualified to live off campus. *** Assessment appointment must be scheduled 48 hours after an administrative conference. EXPLANATION OF THE STUDENT CONDUCT CODE TERMS Administrative Conference - A specific meeting which has been scheduled by the Associate Dean of Students or his/her designee to discuss the alleged charges that have been brought against a student for violating the Student Conduct Code. In this meeting, the student has the opportunity to explain what happened, ask questions about the Student Conduct Code, take the opportunity to accept responsibility for his/her actions and receive sanctions. Apology - A student may be required to provide a verbal or written apology to an individual who was inconvenienced, insulted or embarrassed by the accused studentâ€™s behavior. Appeal - A written request submitted to the Dean of Students by a student who has allegedly violated the Student Conduct Code and believes that the procedures provided in the Student Conduct Code were not followed. Community Restitution - A student is given the opportunity to serve the community he/she has inconvenienced, insulted or embarrassed. This restitution may be through assisting a faculty member, Housekeeping, Physical Plant or other campus departments. Confiscation - The appropriation of certain items from a person or area that could be used later as evidence (drugs, drug paraphernalia, weapons, etc.). Confiscated items are not subject to be returned. Counseling - If a student appears to be struggling with an issue, which causes him/her to make inappropriate decisions, the student could be referred for counseling on or off campus as part of his/her sanctions at his/her expense. Disciplinary Dismissal - A student is removed from Greensboro College permanently as a result of one serious violation or a series of violations. Any student dismissed for disciplinary reasons does not have the option to apply for readmission. Disciplinary Probation - A student is allowed to continue at Greensboro College with the understanding that, for the period of time during which the student is on probationary status, if other violations of the Student Conduct Code occur, the student could face removal from residence halls, Disciplinary Suspension or Disciplinary Dismissal. Disciplinary Reprimand - A formal warning that, should the behavior in question continue, additional disciplinary action will be taken. 35 Disciplinary Suspension - A student is removed from Greensboro College for a specified length of time. At the end of the suspension period, the student has the option to apply for readmission (admission is not assumed or guaranteed). Financial Restitution - A student may be required to pay for items damaged, stolen and/or destroyed as a result of Student Conduct Code violations. Interim Suspension - In certain circumstances, the Dean of Students, or his/her designee, may impose a College or on-campus housing suspension prior to the meeting before the Student Conduct Council. 1. Interim suspension may be imposed only: (a) to ensure the safety and well-being of members of the College; (b) to ensure the studentâ€™s own physical or emotional safety and well-being; or (c) if the student poses a definite threat of disruption of or interference with the normal operations of the College. 2. During interim suspension, the student shall be denied access to on-campus housing and/or the campus (including classes) and/or all other College activities or privileges for which the student might otherwise be eligible, as the Dean of Students may determine to be appropriate. Loss of Housing Privileges â€“ A student may be denied housing on campus as the result of certain violations of the conduct code. In this situation, a student that does not meet the requirements for living off campus would still be required to pay the fees associated with room and board. Sanctions - Actions assigned by the College as a result of a studentâ€™s choice to violate the Student Conduct Code. Social Probation - A student placed on social probation may be prohibited from participating and attending any co-curricular activities and/or events sponsored by the college during the length of probation or until all community restitution hours are completed. Student Conduct Council - A council of five persons (two students and three faculty and/or staff) who serve as the Judicial Hearing Board for students who have been charged for allegedly violating the Student Conduct Code and do not wish to accept responsibility for their actions. Student Counsel - A currently enrolled Greensboro College student who may be called upon to support another student appearing before the Student Conduct Council. Witness - A current Greensboro College student or staff member who has witnessed an incident or has knowledge of an incident in which the Student Conduct Code was violated. 36 CAMPUS POLICIES AND PROCEDURES Greensboro College has established the following policies and procedures in order to ensure a positive environment for students, faculty, staff and guests of the College. Ideally, Greensboro College would like to guarantee that all students, faculty and staff are free from safety and security concerns. These goals can only be achieved with the assistance of all members of the community. Propping doors, allowing access of unauthorized guests to facilities, using an Access/Pride Card without authorization, propelling or discarding items from windows, duplicating room or office keys or otherwise participating in any behavior that compromises the security and safety of residents and facilities is prohibited. Violations of campus policies and procedures may result in disciplinary action under the Greensboro College Student Conduct Code under Section IV, P. IN THIS SECTION... Building Access Parking Appeals Board Controlled Substances Pets on Campus Drug Free Workplace Political Activities Fire Safety Regulations Pride Card Grievance Procedures Search Policy Immunizations Sexual Harassment Inclement Weather Sexual Misconduct International Students Smoking Lost & Found Solicitation Missing Student Notification Statement on Inappropriate Relations Non-motorized Vehicles Student and Parent Complaints Parking Regulations Technology BUILDING ACCESS All residential students and select faculty and staff are issued an Access Card/Pride Card each fall by the Office of Residence Life. The card is used to access the residence halls by using the reader access systems located at various entrances. The lobby located at the Inn can be entered by key only. If an access card is found, it should be turned in to the Campus Security Office. If you lose your access card, you should report it immediately to Campus Security and obtain a new card. A replacement fee of $50 will be charged for a lost access card. 37 CONTROLLED SUBSTANCES Because the use of drugs harms the user physically and mentally, interferes with the userâ€™s ability to carry on his/her academic and social life and infringes upon the social and academic rights of others, Greensboro College strictly prohibits the possession, use and/or distribution of drugs or drug paraphernalia by any member of the Greensboro College community. Greensboro College prohibits the possession, use or distribution of drugs by any member of its community or guests of its community. It does, however, subscribe to a disciplinary process, which recommends a counseling program. The severity of the individualâ€™s drug problem will be a key factor in terms of disciplinary action and subsequent support. This program may include both on and off-campus support systems to assist students and staff in the recovery process. Please refer to the Student Conduct Code located in this handbook for specific disciplinary sanctions. The College responds to this issue in three ways: 1. Education for the College community about drug use and its consequences. 2. Counseling referrals for those with problems of drug use. 3. Judicial action up to and including dismissal from the College for anyone who is found possessing, using or distributing any controlled substance or drug paraphernalia. DRUG-FREE WORKPLACE POLICY In an effort to maintain a drug-free living and learning environment and workplace, Greensboro College will comply with the drug-free schools and communities act amendments of 1989. In addition, Greensboro College will provide its constituents with information regarding the unlawful possession, manufacture, distribution, use and health risks associated with the use of alcohol and other drugs. This information may be found in the drug-free workplace statement guide and should be referred to for questions concerning this matter. FIRE SAFETY REGULATIONS In compliance with state law, fire drills will be conducted at various times throughout the year to insure that all on-campus residents are familiar with evacuation procedures. Any substance that could cause a fire is not permitted in the residence halls at any time. These items will be confiscated and are not subject to be returned (refer to the Residence Life section for specific items). Additionally, students, faculty and staff should maintain a safe environment in all campus facilities and should follow the procedures below in the event that a fire is discovered or if they see or smell something that indicates a fire in any campus building or on campus grounds. 1. Pull the alarm if it has not yet been activated. 2. Do not attempt to extinguish a fire until an alarm has been sounded 38 3. Close room doors and exit the building. 4. Do not use the elevator. 5. Call 911 and report the location of the fire. 6. Do not reenter the building until instructed by campus security In the event of a fire alarm, all occupants of the building are required to vacate. Failure to do so is a violation of the Student Conduct Code. Tampering with or inappropriately handling any fire and/or safety equipment (including but not limited to fire extinguishers, fire hoses, smoke alarms and detectors, fire safety vehicles) is strictly prohibited and a violation of federal/state law and the Student Conduct Code. GRIEVANCE PROCEDURE The ideal academic community is one marked by mutual respect and a spirit of collegiality. This goal can be achieved only when all members of the community, students, faculty, administrators and staff, commit themselves to act in accordance with these principles. In addition, all members of the community must commit themselves to resolve their differences with one another in such a way as not to tear the fabric that holds the community together. This means, first, that individuals should make every reasonable effort to resolve disagreements with the person involved before invoking the grievance procedures outlined below. It also means that the individual initiating a grievance has the responsibility to be truthful, accurate and respectful of the rights of those named in the grievance. Finally, insofar as is possible, all those involved in the process should maintain confidentiality. It is the responsibility of the individual who first receives notification of a disagreement (i.e., department chair, division coordinator, etc.) to ascertain that all parties have met and that a reasonable effort has been made to resolve the disagreement. If this has not been done, the individual will notify the Dean of the Faculty, who will take steps to ensure that this expectation is met. Every effort shall be made to complete the grievance process during the semester the grievance is lodged. If resolution has not occurred, the process shall continue even during the periods that the College is not in session until resolution occurs and everyone involved has been notified. The intent of these grievance procedures is to resolve disagreements, including grade challenges, by utilizing the personnel of the College; however, if any party to a grievance or the College itself intends to have legal counsel present at a meeting that takes place pursuant to these procedures, that party shall notify, at least 72 hours in advance, the other principals in the grievance who also are scheduled to attend that meeting so that those principals also may be accompanied by legal counsel should they so desire. Legal counsel may act in an advisory capacity only. 39 1. Student-Faculty Grievances Initiated by the Student A. The student should make every reasonable effort to resolve disagreements with the faculty member involved before invoking the grievance procedures outlined below. The student must, as soon as possible after the occasion of the disagreement, seek to meet personally with the faculty member to resolve the disagreement. Another member of the College community may accompany the student with the grievance if he or she so desires. B. Should every effort to resolve the disagreement fail, then the Department Chair, with notification or referral to the Division Coordinator, shall offer to act as a mediator of the discussion between the faculty member and the student. If the faculty member is a Department Chair, the student should contact the Division Coordinator of the division in which the Department Chair teaches, who shall act as mediator. C. Should such mediation fail or should the faculty member or student refuse such mediation, the student shall submit the grievance in writing to the Chair of the Department in which the faculty member is teaching, with a copy to the Dean of the Faculty, no later than 30 calendar days after the date grades have been mailed for the semester or term during which the occasion for grievance occurred. The faculty member against whom the grievance has been submitted shall have access to the written complaint. If the Chair of the Department in which the faculty member is teaching is not available to expedite resolution of the written grievance, the Dean of the Faculty, with the approval of the faculty member, shall designate the Division Coordinator to consider the grievance: i) If the faculty member is the Department Chair, the student should contact the Coordinator of the Division in which the Department Chair teaches. ii) If the faculty member is the Division Coordinator, the student should contact the Dean of the Faculty, who shall select another Division Coordinator to consider the grievance. iii) If the faculty member is the Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the Faculty, the Chair of the Faculty Affairs Committee shall convene a meeting of all Division Coordinators to consider the grievance. iv) In all grievance cases, upon receipt of a written complaint, the appropriate aforementioned designated personnel shall distribute a full copy of these procedures to all parties directly involved in the grievance. In addition, a copy of the studentâ€™s complaint shall be sent to the faculty member by certified mail, return receipt requested. D. The Department Chair (or other faculty as described in above) shall meet with the parties involved, appropriate witnesses and others whose knowledge may be relevant to the case. Following this, the Chair shall render judgment in writing and submit such via certified mail, return receipt requested, to the student, the faculty member and the Dean of the Faculty. This judgment shall be rendered within 30 calendar days after the grievance has been submitted to the Department Chair. E. Either the student or the faculty member may appeal the judgment of the Department Chair by 40 indicating such in writing to the Dean of the Faculty. Any appeal must be made in writing within seven calendar days after receipt of the Department Chair’s judgment. After consultation with all involved parties, the Dean of the Faculty shall render judgment and submit such request in writing via certified mail, return receipt requested, within seven calendar days to the conflicting parties and the Department Chair. If the faculty member is the Vice President of Academic Affairs and the Dean of the Faculty, the decision of the Division Coordinators shall be communicated in like manner to the student and to the Vice President of Academic Affairs and Dean of the Faculty. F. Student-Requested Grade Changes: i) Requests within 30 calendar days: A student should employ the grievance procedures described above if he or she wants to request a grade change within 30 days from the start of the semester that follows the initial posting of the grade. ii) Requests after 30 calendar days: a. To request a grade change any time 30 calendar days after the start of the fall or spring semester following the semester in which the grade was posted, the student must file a Petition for Exception to Academic Policy. b. The Academic Council shall review the petition to request a grade change after the time limit and make a judgment concerning the validity and appropriateness of the request. c. Should the Academic Council decide that the request is reasonable and appropriate, the Academic Council shall make a judgment to change or not change the student’s grade if the grade change involves exceptions to procedural guidelines (e.g. changing an “F” to a “W” or changing a “P” to a letter grade after the time limit for such changes). If the grade change request involves an evaluation of a student’s work for a course in determining the grade, the Academic Council shall direct the student to follow the steps outlined in this policy for requests made within 30 calendar days of the start of the fall or spring semester following the semester in which the grade was posted. (Requests for grade reviews prior to 30 days follow normal grievance procedures discussed above.) 2. Faculty-Student Grievances Initiated by the Faculty Member A. The faculty member should make every reasonable effort to resolve disagreements with the student involved before invoking the grievance procedures outlined below. The faculty member must, as soon as possible after the occasion of the disagreement, meet personally with the student to resolve the disagreement. B. Grievances involving violations of the Academic Honor Code or disruptive behavior in the classroom shall be submitted to the Academic Honor Council and considered according to the policies and procedures of the Council. The faculty member may suspend a disruptive student from 41 class pending a hearing. In all grievance cases, upon receipt of a written complaint, a full copy of the procedures of the Academic Honor Council shall be distributed by the Chair of the Academic Honor Council to all parties directly involved in the grievance. C. Grievances involving non-academic behavior shall be handled according to the provisions of the Student Conduct Code. A written statement of the grievance shall be submitted to the Associate Dean of Students, who will initiate the process. In all grievance cases, upon receipt of a written complaint a full copy of the procedures related to violations of the Student Conduct Code shall be distributed by the Dean of Students to all parties directly involved in the grievance. 3. Student-Staff Grievances Initiated by the Student Students with a grievance regarding a staff member in any department should follow the Student and Parent Complaints procedure described on page 49 of this handbook. IMMUNIZATION POLICY Greensboro College requires that all students submit certification of certain immunizations prior to beginning enrollment. North Carolina state law requires certification in accordance with the following: Tetanus and Diphtheria (Td) - Students must document a DTP immunization series and booster and a booster dose of Tdap if a Td has not been administered within 10 years of enrollment. Polio - Three doses if less than 18 years old. Rubella (Measles) - Two doses if born 1957 or later One dose if began college before 7/1/94 Not required if born before 1957 Not required if protective antibody titer. Mumps - Two doses if born 1957 or later Not required if enrolled on college before 7/1/94 Not required if protective antibody titer Rubella (German Measles) - One dose if less than 50 years old Not required if older than 50 years old Not required if protective antibody level Hepatitis B â€“ Three doses if born on 7/1/94 or later For International Students: Tuberculin (TB) Skin Test: Required by Greensboro College. The skin test must be current within one year. 42 Suggested Additional Immunizations Include: Hepatitis B and Meningococcal Meningitis North Carolina state law requires that immunizations be documented prior to enrollment at Greensboro College. Students must show proof of an updated and complete immunization record within the first 30 days of class or their class registration will be dropped, and will no longer be eligible to attend Greensboro College for that semester. Please note that some immunizations require a series of vaccines and may take several months to complete. INCLEMENT WEATHER In most weather conditions, the College will remain open. Non-residential students should use their own discretion in driving to the campus in unsafe weather conditions. When weather or road conditions make travel unsafe, commuters will be excused from day/evening/weekend classes but will be responsible for any missed work. In the event Greensboro College cancels all classes, announcements can be obtained by calling the College switchboard at 272-7102, by accessing local radio and TV stations, or the College website. INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS Greensboro College encourages international students to participate in the numerous learning and social opportunities available. International students may play on intercollegiate athletic teams, join student organizations, participate in some forms of work-study, complete an internship and participate in numerous travel opportunities. While the Dean of Students works directly with International Students, numerous faculty and staff members serve as mentors and advisors. International Students studying at Greensboro College must meet certain criteria to remain enrolled. • Full-time enrollment during each academic semester, excluding Summer Terms I and II. • Good financial standing (i.e. the terms of the "Financial Affidavit of Support" must be upheld throughout the length of study). • Students must remain "in status," as set forth by rules and regulations of the Bureau of Citizenship and Immigrations Services (BCIS), throughout the duration of their studies at Greensboro College. Students falling "out of status" will have one semester to return to F-1 Status. The College reserves the right to end its educational partnership with any international student failing to meet these requirements. Any questions regarding International Students or the Department of Homeland Security policies and procedure should be directed to the Dean of Students. 43 LOST & FOUND The Campus Safety and Security Department administers the Lost & Found services for the College. All items found on campus or in the vicinity of campus should be turned in to Campus Safety and Security. Please report any missing items to Campus Safety and Security immediately. Their office is located in Main Building, Office 116. MISSING STUDENT NOTIFICATION It is the policy of Greensboro College to thoroughly investigate all reports of missing students. The College holds that every student reported missing will be considered at risk until significant information to the contrary is confirmed. It shall also be the policy of the College to support and assist missing person investigations originating outside our jurisdiction. It should also be noted that the College has no required waiting period for reporting a missing person. A person shall be deemed "missing" when his or her whereabouts are unknown and unexplainable for a period of time that is regarded by knowledgeable persons as highly unusual or suspicious in consideration of the subject's behavior patterns, plans, or routines. Any Campus member who has knowledge of or receives a report that a student is missing must immediately report the information or evidence to the Office of Student Development and the Safety and Security Department. Authorization to Release Information 1. Every student at Greensboro College shall have the opportunity to give the College authorization to release information. The student shall select an individual(s) to whom the College has their permission to release information including, but not limited to, a confirmed report of the student being missing from the College. The student may at any time rescind this authorization or change the individual to whom notification will be made by updating the Authorization to Release form with the Office of Student Development. The student is responsible for ensuring that this information is kept up-to-date and accurate. 2. The Authorization to Release form is kept in the studentâ€™s confidential file. 3. The College shall release information to the parent or legal guardian of any student who is under the age of 18, unless he/she is identified as an emancipated individual, regardless of authorization by the student. A student shall be deemed â€œmissingâ€? when: 1. A report of a missing student is made to any College official; Faculty, Staff, Residence Life or Security personnel and 2. All attempts to contact the missing student by College officials fail. Notification 44 1. The College official who receives the report of the missing student shall notify Campus Safety and Security and the Office of Student Development immediately. 2. Campus Safety and Security shall notify the Greensboro Police Department not later than 24 hours after the time that the student is deemed missing. 3. The Dean of Students shall notify the President of the College and the individual authorized by the student to be notified not later than 24 hours after the time the student is deemed missing. Please be aware that this policy is intended specifically for Residential Students of Greensboro College. NON-MOTORIZED VEHICLES Skateboards, Roller Skates, In-line skates, bicycles, and other non-motorized vehicles are used at the rider’s own risk and should be used as a form of transportation on sidewalks and in the parking lots on campus, but never in buildings. PARKING RULES & REGULATIONS The campus safety and security department is responsible for enforcing Greensboro College’s vehicular traffic, parking policies and regulations. All drivers who bring vehicles onto campus must register their vehicle with the Student Accounts Office. Furthermore, Greensboro College is not responsible for damages, vandalism or theft to cars parked on campus. Parking in the lots is at your own risk. All vehicles on campus should be insured through personal automobile insurance. Avoid leaving personal property in sight, lock valuables in the trunk, and secure all doors and windows. I. Campus Parking A. Any student who plans to park his/her vehicle on campus must purchase a parking decal. B. Vehicles may be registered at any time online or in person at the Student Accounts office. C. Student Decals cost $100 1. Replacement decals may be purchased within the same academic year for $25.00. 2. The parking decal must be affixed to the passenger’s side of the front windshield or to the driver’s side of the rear window. (If vehicle has tinted rear windows, place decal on front windshield.) If the decal is not affixed to either of these two areas, the vehicle is subject to ticketing and/or immobilization*. 3. If you need to change vehicles for any reason during the academic year, you may bring the old decal or an accident/service report to Security for verification, in order to receive a replacement decal at no charge. 4. Purchasing a decal does not guarantee a parking space will be available at all times. D. Visitor Decals 1. Visitors to campus may park in designated visitor spaces at no charge for less than a 24 hour 45 period. 2. Visitors wishing to stay longer than 24 hours must have a temporary permit to park on campus. These permits are available in the Security Office for $5.00 per day. II. Parking Tickets A. Only one fine shall be issued per ticket. If a vehicle is in violation of more than one parking regulation the most expensive fine shall be issued. B. Students who receive a parking ticket have five (5) business days from the date of violation to pay the fine. 1. Fines can be paid in the Student Accounts office Monday-Friday 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Payments may be mailed with a copy of the ticket to Greensboro College, Student Accounts, 815 West Market Street, Greensboro, NC 27401. 2. Parking tickets outstanding for longer than 5 business days will be posted to the student’s account and charged a $5.00 posting fee. 3. Students with unpaid parking tickets will not be permitted to graduate or obtain a transcript. 4. Immobilization shall occur after three consecutive parking tickets. The fee of the fourth citation will be issued as well as a $75.00 immobilization fee. If any fines are outstanding the entire account must be cleared including the immobilization fee before the vehicle will be released. 5. Students are responsible for knowing and observing the various restricted lots and spaces on campus. 6. Students may not park in the faculty/staff reserved areas. C. Appeals 1. Appeals may be made only by those individuals properly registered for parking privileges and who have a current Greensboro College parking decal displayed on their vehicle. 2. Appeals must be received by 5pm on the fifth business day from issuance date on the citation. 3. The parking fine must be paid, and a copy of the ticket and receipt must accompany the appeal form. 4. A copy of the Student Parking Appeal Form can be obtained from the Student Development Office. III. Parking Decals A. Residential Decals 1. Residential students may park in the lots marked with residential signage. These areas are beside and behind West, Greensboro and Hill Residence Halls, Reynolds Center, and Proctor 46 Hall. 2. Inn Residents receive a complementary Inn Decal Inn Residents may ONLY park in the Inn lot and at the Reynolds center. Inn Residents may purchase a Commuter Decal to park on campus if they wish. B. Commuter Decals 1. Commuter Students may park in lots marked with commuter signage. These areas are behind Cowan, beside Adult Education, behind and beside the Welcome Center and just beyond the Library. 2. Evening commuters may purchase an evening ONLY decal for $25. Evening ONLY decals may park in any commuter designated lot Monday-Friday from 3:30-9:30pm ONLY. C. Faculty and Staff Decals Faculty and Staff may park in lots marked with faculty and staff signage. These areas are behind Cowan, behind and beside Adult Education, behind and beside the Welcome Center, in front of and behind Haynes Gym, the lot behind the Library, the area behind Main Building and in front of Physical Plant. All curbed areas are tow-away zones unless specifically marked otherwise. Cars may be towed or immobilized without warning, when parked in fire lanes, handicapped spaces, reserved spaces, grassy or landscaped areas or area delineated with barricades and cones. ALL vehicles are subject to the towing and immobilization regulations listed above. IV. Fines and Fees No Valid Permit Fire Lane Restricted/Reserved Loading Zone Blocking No Parking $75 $50 $50 $50 $50 $50 Handicapped Failure to park in space Visitor space Other Immobilization Decal fee Evening Decal (3:30-9:30pm) $150 $50 $50 $50 $75 $100 $50 47 PARKING APPEALS BOARD The Student Parking Appeals Board offers students a process for appealing parking tickets issued on campus. I. Composition A. The Student Parking Appeals Board is composed of five (5) members. 1. Two (2) students appointed by the President of SGA, 2. One (1) faculty and 3. Two (2) staff member, including the Associate Dean of Students. B. The board meets as needed to review appeals, with at least one meeting per semester. C. By joining in the appeals arbitration process, both the student issued the ticket and Campus Security agrees to accept the Student Parking Appeal Board’s decision as final and binding. II. Process A. An appeal should be based on the premise that the citation was not consistent with parking regulations or that special extenuating circumstances exist that should excuse the student from compliance with these regulations. B. Only those individuals properly registered for parking privileges and who have a current Greensboro College parking decal displayed on their vehicle may make appeals. C. Students may obtain a copy of the Student Parking Appeal form from the Student Development Office, 214 Main Building. 1. Appeals must be made in writing and must be submitted to the Student Development Office. 2. Appeals must be received by 5 p.m. no later than the fifth business day from the issuance date on the citation. 3. The disputed citation must be attached to the back of the appeal form along with a receipt from Student Accounts indicating payment of the fine. D. The appeals board will make a decision on each written appeal received in the outlined manner and issue a written decision to the student. E. Appeals granted will be refunded to the student’s account. PETS ON CAMPUS No pets are allowed on campus, either on outside grounds or in buildings. The only exceptions are those pets allowed in a resident’s room (see Residence Life Policies) or pets that provide physical assistance. POLITICAL ACTIVITIES Internal Revenue Service regulations restrict political activity at Greensboro College and all other organizations exempt from federal income tax under section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code. The actions of students, faculty and staff with regard to political activities on campus can affect the 48 Collegeâ€™s exempt status, which could result in loss of our status and cause the College to be subject to an excise tax on all monies spent. Greensboro College encourages and supports the involvement of students, faculty and staff in the political process in their capacity as individual citizens. As long as individuals do not present themselves as acting or speaking in their capacity as members of the Greensboro College community, there are no restrictions on their political activity. The following regulations provide guidance as to acceptable political activity by tax-exempt institutions such as Greensboro College. 1. The College cannot endorse candidates, make donations to their campaigns, engage in fundraising, distribute statements or become involved in any activities that may be beneficial or detrimental to any candidate. 2. Efforts to educate voters must stay within the Internal Revenue Service guidelines for political campaign activities. 3. Whether an organization is engaging in political campaign activity depends upon all the facts and circumstances in each case. For example, organizations may sponsor debates or forums to educate voters, but if the forum or debate shows a preference for or against a certain candidate, it becomes a prohibited activity. Given the potential consequences of a violation of these regulations to the College, any political activity involving Greensboro College students, faculty and staff that could be construed as being sponsored by the College or which involves the use of College facilities must have prior written approval of the appropriate member of the Presidentâ€™s Cabinet. PRIDE CARD (STUDENT IDENTIFICATION) The Greensboro College identification card (Pride Card) identifies you as a current member of the Greensboro College community. Depending on your association with the College and the services that you sign up for, your ID card can be used as an electronic door access, a pass for campus functions, a method of payment for services, meal plan card, Reynolds center access, and library card. Services may be added to or changed at any time during the year depending on contracted services. The Pride Card is the property of Greensboro College, must be carried at all times, and is nontransferable. It may be used for such purposes as the College designates and may be revoked at any time. This card must be presented and/or surrendered upon request by a College official; 49 failure to do so, or lending this card to anyone, is considered misuse and may subject the holder to disciplinary action, under the Greensboro College Code of Conduct. No person shall possess more than one Greensboro College Pride Card. All cards, not previously replaced, that have been turned in to the Pride Card Office are kept on file for one complete semester to enable the person to claim the lost Pride Card. If the person has already replaced his/her Pride Card when the original one is turned in, the found Pride Card is destroyed. PRIDE BUCKS Any Pride Cardholder may add Pride Bucks to their card. Pride Bucks may be used as a form of payment anywhere the Pride Card is accepted. Pride Bucks never expire as long as the cardholder is a current member of the Greensboro College community. The Pride Cardholder may use them at his/her discretion for any payment to the College or off campus entity that accepts the Pride Card. Pride Bucks may be refunded if and ONLY if: 1. the Pride Cardholder is no longer affiliated with the College (i.e. graduation, withdrawal, resignation, etc.). 2. the Pride Cardholder is current with all charges/fines/fees incurred while attending/employed by Greensboro College. 3. the Pride Bucks balance is greater than $10.00. 4. AND the refund is requested within two weeks of the end of affiliation. *Balances not requested within two week or less than $10.00 will be forfeited to the College. LOST OR STOLEN CARDS Lost and stolen cards must be reported promptly to the Pride Card Office OR the Office of Safety and Security. The cost for a replacement Pride Card is $50.00. If the card is being replaced because of damage or theft that is not the fault of the student or employee, there is no charge. Any Pride Cardholder who misplaces their card may check out a temporary Pride Card from the Office of Safety and Security. The temporary card will carry all rights and privileges of the original Pride Card for a period of 48 hours. If the original Pride Card cannot be located after this period a new Pride Card will be issued and the cardholder charged for a replacement. For the most current information about Pride Cards, contact the Pride Card Office in the Student Development suite on 2nd floor, Main Building. 50 SEARCH POLICY Any member of the Greensboro College administration, including the Residence Life staff, shall have the right to enter and search any College premises including residence hall rooms. The College official making the search will always knock and request permission to enter and search, but, if permission is denied or if the room is unoccupied, the College official may enter with a passkey to make his/her search. To the extent possible, residence hall rooms will be searched at a time when a student assigned to the room is present, but the College official shall have no obligation to delay an entry and search until such a student is present. The College official conducting the search shall make a true and complete inventory of any and all items confiscated/removed from the searched area. SEXUAL HARASSMENT Greensboro College, in accordance with Federal Title IX regulations, will not tolerate sexual harassment. Individuals who violate this policy are subject to discipline up to and including discharge, expulsion, and/or other appreciate sanction or action. This policy applies with equal force to all students, faculty and staff. For general policy purposes, sexual harassment may be described as unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors and other physical or expressive conduct of a sexual nature where (1) submission to such conduct is made either explicitly or implicitly as a term or condition of an individualâ€™s employment or education; (2) submission to or rejection of such conduct by an individual is used as a basis for academic or employment decisions affecting the individual; or (3) such conduct has as the purpose or effect of interfering with an individual's academic or professional performance, or of creating an intimidating, hostile or offensive employment or educational environment. It is recognized that sexual harassment may take many forms, some of which may be very subtle, and that the victims of such harassment may be students, staff, or faculty. Any person who considers himself or herself to have been the object of sexual harassment or who has witnessed sexual harassment should report the incident(s) to the Dean of Students or the Dean of the Faculty, who are designated by the President of the College to hear such initial complaints. The person making the complaint may be accompanied by another member of the College community or can initiate the process through the Campus Conduct Hotline at (866) 943-5787. Any employee who witnesses conduct that may constitute sexual harassment must immediately report the incident. A complaint of sexual harassment will be kept confidential to the extent reasonably possible. The College will not retaliate, nor will it tolerate retaliation, against persons who complain in good faith about sexual harassment. 51 Any discussion with campus officials does not obligate the student to pursue criminal or disciplinary action. Reports made to campus counselors, campus health services providers, and campus clergy remain confidential. Formal reports made to officials of the institution (Deans, Directors, Faculty and/or Campus Security), whether direct reports or 3rd party, will be treated with the confidentiality and discretion that are essential for the well-being of the student reporting the assault and the person alleged to have committed the assault (if a student). However, these faculty and staff members are required to report campus-wide statistics and share necessary information with investigators, witnesses, and the accused for the purposes of a formal investigation. The College attempts to limit direct contact with the victim to the smallest possible group of personnel and wherever possible these personnel should be individuals whom the student trusts and requests. If the complaint is made by a student, regarding another student, this matter shall be referred to the Office of Student Development as an alleged Student Conduct Code violation. If the complaint includes a staff member or faculty member, the Dean of Students and the Dean of the Faculty will jointly lead the investigatory process. The Dean of Students and the Dean of the Faculty will attempt to determine whether or not sexual harassment has occurred and will try to resolve the complaint in a confidential manner. If the complaint is not resolved to the satisfaction of both parties and the College, the Internal Review Committee, composed of faculty and staff appointed annually by the President of the College as a standing committee, will be convened by the Dean of Students and the Dean of the Faculty to determine whether sexual harassment has occurred and, if it has, refer the matter to the appropriate college official for disciplinary action. If the Internal Review Committee determines that sexual harassment did not occur, the Dean of the Faculty and the Dean of Students shall so inform the individual making the complaint of that decision. The individual making the complaint may appeal this decision to the President. If the Internal Review Committee considers that sexual harassment has taken place, the Internal Review Committee shall so inform the President. The Internal Review Committee also shall make a recommendation to the President as to appropriate disciplinary action. The accused person shall be notified in writing of the Internal Review Committee's recommendation. The President shall review the matter and shall provide an opportunity for all parties to address issues related to the alleged incident(s). The President shall then render a final decision. 52 SEXUAL MISCONDUCT Greensboro College is an environment where each member of the College community agrees upon trust and adherence to standards of conduct. Sexual misconduct is considered a criminal offense as well as a violation of trust and a clear violation of the Student Code of Conduct. “Sexual Misconduct” is defined as, but not limited to the following: 1. Sexual Harassment See previous section 2. Non-consensual Sexual Intercourse (or attempts to commit same) Any sexual intercourse (anal, oral or vaginal), however slight, with any object, by a man or woman upon a man or woman, without consent* 3. Non-consensual Sexual Contact (or attempts to commit same) Any intentional sexual touching, however slight, with any object, by a man or woman upon a man or woman, without consent* 4. Sexual Exploitation Occurs when an individual takes non-consensual or abusive sexual advantage of another for his/her own or someone else’s advantage or benefit, other than the one being exploited. Including, but not limited to, prostituting another student, non-consensual video or audiotaping of sexual activity, or Peeping Tom activity. *Consent is informed, knowing and voluntary. Consent is active, not passive. Silence, in and of itself, cannot be interpreted as consent. Consent can be given by words or actions, as long as those words or actions create mutually understandable permission regarding the conditions of sexual activity. Consent cannot be procured by physical force, threats, intimidating behavior or coercion. Chapter 14, Article 7A of the North Carolina General Statutes and other sexually related contact prohibited by North Carolina state law, prohibits Sexual Assault. Any student charged with sexual assault on or off campus can be prosecuted under criminal statutes as well as disciplined through the College. The College reserves the right to take disciplinary action even if criminal justice authorities choose not to prosecute. Disciplinary action will follow current College policy as outlined in the Student Conduct Code. Students who may be victims of sexual assault are strongly encouraged to do the following in the order listed: 1. Get to a safe place immediately. 2. Seek medical attention and preserve any physical evidence. 3. Report the assault to campus security, local police, or a member of the Residence Life or Student Development Staff. 53 4. Write down as much as they can remember about the circumstances of the assault, including a description of the assailant. 5. Seek confidential counseling available on campus or in the community. The decision to report a sexual assault is up to the student. Even if the student decides not to report the assault to police, medical attention should be sought immediately. Any discussion with campus officials or the counselor does not obligate the student to pursue criminal or disciplinary action. Reports made to campus counselors, campus health services providers, and campus clergy remain confidential. Formal reports made to officials of the institution (Deans, Directors, Faculty and/or Campus Security) will be treated with the confidentiality and discretion that are essential for the well being of the student reporting the assault and the person alleged to have committed the assault (if a student). However, these staff members are required to report campus-wide statistics and share necessary information with investigators, witnesses, and the accused. The College attempts to limit direct contact with the victim to the smallest possible group of personnel and wherever possible these personnel should be individuals whom the student trusts and requests. If the incident occurs on campus, the incident is reported in the statistics, which are published annually by the college under public Law 101-52, the Student-Right-To-Know Act. In addition, public notices of the incident (without names) will be posted on campus in accordance with federal law. If the student reporting a sexual assault would like to have different overnight accommodations immediately upon return from the hospital or after reporting the incident, a short-term alternative can be coordinated through Residence Life. Permanent housing reassignment will be offered and arranged by the College if the student believes a change will help him/her feel more comfortable. If you know someone who has been sexually assaulted, encourage him or her to take the steps listed above. In addition, you can: • Make time to listen • Believe the victim • Make it clear that the assault was not the victim’s fault • Offer options, including counseling, medical attention, calling the police and joining a support group. • Let the victim decide what actions to take • Get help for yourself For a complete understanding of the Greensboro College Sexual Misconduct Policy, please view the policy at http://www.greensboro.edu/students/policies-and-procedures.cfm. 54 SMOKING AND TOBACCO USE IN COLLEGE FACILITIES Greensboro College is committed to providing its students and employees a safe and healthy environment. Because of this commitment, the College provides a tobacco free campus for its students, staff, faculty, and visitors. SOLICITATION In order to ensure and maintain the institutional goal of community living, the College has adopted the following solicitation policy: No soliciting is allowed in the residence halls (door-to-door), classrooms or on the campus of Greensboro College unless properly authorized by the Dean of Students. 1. Therefore, all solicitation of funds from the student body and College community is hereby improper and unauthorized unless such prior written approval has been obtained. Note: Any approved solicitation from students must have a recognized campus organization as sponsor. 2. Upon proper endorsement, the following must be adhered to: • The sponsoring group is liable and responsible for compliance with all rules governing solicitation. • Greensboro College will not assume any financial liabilities for any private individual, firm or business that may be permitted on campus under an organization’s sponsorship. • No individual student will be allowed to solicit for profit. • No request that includes door-to-door solicitation in campus residence halls will be approved. Both the Director of Student Activities and the Director of Residence Life must properly approve any campus organization project involving solicitation in residence halls, and such selling is restricted to main lobbies of residence halls. • Solicitation in classroom buildings and offices on campus is prohibited. Off-campus projects involving solicitation must be registered and approved by the Dean of Students. • Approval of solicitation projects shall take into consideration purpose, need and prior solicitation activities of the group. STATEMENT ON INAPPROPRIATE RELATIONSHIPS The community of Greensboro College believes that the quality of the relationships that exist between students and its faculty/staff members enable the institution to realize the Mission of the College. The College encourages close professional relationships between faculty/staff members and students in order to promote student success. However, members of the faculty and staff of Greensboro College are strongly discouraged from knowingly engaging in amorous or sexual relations with Greensboro College students. 55 STUDENT AND PARENT COMPLAINTS Greensboro College recognizes the need to have procedures in place to address and respond to concerns raised by students as well as their parents or guardians. Greensboro College believes the ideal community is one marked by mutual respect and a spirit of collegiality. This means, first, that individuals should make every reasonable effort to resolve disagreements with the person involved before invoking the complaints procedure outlined below. The following outlines the procedures and responsibilities of both parties with regard to the submission of, and response to, concerns presented to the college. These complaints may include, but are in no way limited to a grievance with a staff member. 1. These procedures apply only to student and parent complaints received in writing. A written complaint may be submitted to the College in person, by U.S. mail or by fax. Complaints may not be submitted by e-mail. 2. All written student and parent complaints are to be acknowledged within 15 business days of the receipt of the complaint. The date of receipt should be clearly marked on the written complaint. 3. Within 30 business days after acknowledging receipt of the complaint, the appropriate administrative office of the College will inform the complainant regarding the institutional response to the complaint. TECHNOLOGY USE POLICY 1. General Policy - Greensboro College provides technology resources for use by students to support instruction, research and public service within institutional priorities and financial capabilities. The expectations and provisions of the Academic Honor Code and Student Conduct Code cover policy governing the use of these resources. Any perceived violations of the policies are to be handled according to the provisions of the Code appropriate to the violation. For example, plagiarism or copyright violations in the use of software or on web pages is subject to the provisions of the Academic Honor Code, and harassment or expressions of hatred or intolerance made via email or web pages would be considered violations of the Student Conduct Code. The following are intended to be illustrative rather than prescriptive, but may serve as guidelines for responsible and ethical behavior: Use only resources for which you have authorization. Respect the privacy and personal rights of others. Only copy or view email, data or files for which you have the owner’s permission. Do not knowingly represent yourself as another user to a recipient by utilizing another person’s email or instant messenger account. Obey posted guidelines or policies for any computers or networks you are using. 56 Abide by all applicable copyright laws and licenses. Any text, graphics, music files, video files, software or other computer resources may be used except those protected under the provisions of the United States Copyright Laws (Title 17, U.S. Code). The library staff can provide you with specific information about Fair Use and how to obtain the appropriate permissions. Generally any published texts, graphics, music or video, and software that is commercially distributed is copyrighted and may not be shared. Please note: Illegal or clearly unauthorized downloaded files may be removed from accounts without warning. Respect the security provisions of the network and other resources. Only access resources for which you have authorization. Be responsible in your use of programs, email and other resources. Engaging in activities such as creating or forwarding chain letters, spreading viruses, forging or sending anonymous email or transmitting harassing, threatening, offensive or abusive material is not responsible use. Report any unauthorized use or violations of technology resources in the same manner as required by the existing Academic Honor Code and Student Conduct Code. 2. The Network These general rules are specific to students with network connections. 1. Do not change your network configuration. 2. Do not connect any network devices other than personal computers directly to the network. Network devices include, but are not limited to switches, hubs, routers, print servers, repeaters and bridges or wireless hubs, IP enabled telephones or any other items that communicate over the Internet. 3. Do not use any sort of network monitoring or sniffing devices or software. 4. Do not perform any operations or operate any services that disrupt network service or create abnormal levels of network traffic. This includes, but is not limited to virus-related disruptions or file sharing. Disruptions will result in shut-down of the originating network ports and or accounts. 3. Personal Web Page Content Guidelines - Greensboro College provides web page hosting capability to promote the free exchange of ideas and information for the campus community. We encourage our students to utilize web hosting, but we have developed the following web page guidelines for any content placed on those pages. Refrain from the following actions and content: Displaying nudity or pornographic material of any kind Posting material that is grossly offensive to the college community (including expressions of bigotry, racism, hatred or profanity) Promoting any type of illegal activity 57 Defaming, abusing or threatening any person or group Displaying material that exploits children less than 18 years of age Using copyrighted material without the express permission of the author or owner Using web pages for commercial purposes Any actions or content that violates the college’s honor code. 4. Web Page Hosting - Web page hosting is available to all students of Greensboro College at no charge. The contents of this disk space will be viewable to anyone on the Internet via web browser. Students are solely responsible for the content on their web pages. Students will abide by the content guidelines above. 5. Student Organization Web Pages - Student Organizations may wish to develop web pages to serve their members or to promote their activities. Because these web pages are often viewed as representative of the College, standards for them are somewhat different than those for students’ personal pages. Web pages created by student organizations should be reviewed and approved by the faculty advisor to the organization and the Director of Student Activities before being posted for the general public. Unauthorized or inappropriate web page postings will be considered to be infractions, and the organization may be disciplined in a manner consistent with other irregularities. Access to campus-wide email lists is restricted to faculty, staff and organizational representatives. The Director of Student Activities will approve access and maintain a current list of student organizations that may post to the email lists. The use of these lists for distributing information is intended to support college-related activities and events. 58 RESIDENCE LIFE The mission of Residence Life at Greensboro College is to provide a focused living and learning environment dedicated to safety, community and education. IN THIS SECTION . . . Community Standards Residential Living Room Assignment Cancellation and Refunds for Residence Hall Rooms Getting Settled Housing Accommodations Room Changes Room Consolidation Room Selection Residence Hall Closing/Check Out Residence Life Policies Fines & Costs COMMUNITY LIVING STANDARDS At Greensboro College, we base our residential system on the principle of community standards. As a portion of our departmental mission, we strive to create respectful communities. The college residential living experience is unique and has many benefits and challenges associated with it. By interacting with people of different backgrounds and interests, community members form rich and lasting relationships. Community standards further enrich this process by providing an atmosphere of safety, education, and shared community through individual responsibility. The residential community of roommates, hall mates, and friends at Greensboro College prepares our students to be involved in and face the challenges of an ever-changing world. Your hall is a place where you will find opportunities to grow as a person, test new ideas, learn new skills and learn the importance of being part of a community. In order to effectively foster community development each individual hall will be working together to establish community living standards. These standards will determine how each hall will develop its own individual identity. Halls will meet periodically to discuss issues, review community standards and report any problems that may arise. Hall residents will be accountable and responsible to each other for upholding these standards. Community living standards will not supersede the student conduct code or residence life policies but will work in conjunction with them to help make each hall a unique living and learning environment. 59 RESIDENTIAL LIVING The residential living requirements are the official contract terms between the student and the college. 1. The College guarantees to provide traditional undergraduate students, enrolled in at least 8 credit hours, a space in a residence hall, which is owned and operated by the College. Such space is to be used and occupied as a residence by the student and for no other use or purpose. 2. Therefore, all traditional undergraduate students enrolled at Greensboro College are required to reside in the residence halls until senior academic standing (92 earned credit hours) is achieved. Exceptions to this policy are made for students who: wish to commute from their permanent home address on file with the College if it is within a 50 mile radius of campus, are 21 years of age or older, or are married. To meet the age requirement for the fall semester, a student must turn 21 prior to October 1; for the spring semester, a student must turn 21 prior to February 1. 3. Students who wish to move off campus must fill out a Housing Release Request before May 1 for the following fall semester OR before November 1 for the following spring semester. Requests made after these dates will be financially obligated for room and board charges. 4. Any student who’s Housing Release Request is denied may appeal that decision to the Dean of Students. While appeals to this policy are rarely granted, they are always considered. Appeals must be submitted in writing following the guidelines on the Housing Appeals Form and must be submitted before the end of the current semester for consideration for the following semester. 5. Students moving off campus must notify the Registrar’s Office of their new address prior to the end of the semester or as soon as the address is known. ROOM ASSIGNMENT 1. The College assigns room space on a priority basis according to date of receipt of the student’s housing application and payment of all required fees. 2. The College does not guarantee to assign any student a specific space in a specific residence hall, nor does it guarantee to assign a specific roommate to share the space. The Office of Residence Life will attempt to honor specific requests of this sort whenever possible. 3. Upon receipt of his/her residence hall assignment, the student becomes obligated to make payment to the College for all residence hall room charges for the full academic year unless the Office of Residence Life is notified of any changes within five working days of the dated correspondence. If contact is not made within five days, the College will assume that the student has accepted the space. 4. The term of the residence hall assignment is based on the general academic calendar and is for one academic year (two semesters). It begins the first day the student moves in and ends 24 hours after the student’s final spring semester examination or graduation (if applicable). This term does not include official breaks as outlined in the academic calendar. Students are required to vacate the residence halls during these official breaks. Students may be charged a $50 fee for late checkout and for each 60 additional day remaining on campus. In rare cases some students may be allowed to stay during breaks but must receive permission from the Director of Residence Life at least 5 business days prior to the first day of break. 5. The College assigns a College post office box to each resident. This box shall be the studentâ€™s official college mailing address during his/her residency at Greensboro College. P.O. Box assignments will be communicated during move-in and are subject to change from year to year. 6. The College does not provide for storage of belongings of any sort outside the residence hall room. Additionally, the College does not provide storage of belongings during the summer or other vacations. 7. The College reserves the right to remove students from the residence halls for non-occupancy, Student Conduct Code violations, violation of residence hall policies and procedures and/or noncompliance with any College policy or procedure. If the college has reason to believe that a student residing in the residence halls poses a danger to himself or to members of the Greensboro College community, the student may be removed from the residence halls immediately at the discretion of the Dean of Students. CANCELATION AND REFUNDS 1. Once a student has signed up for housing, request for cancellation must be submitted in writing directly to the Office of Residence Life. 2. Students graduating at the end of fall term will receive a refund of any payments made toward spring semester charges. 3. Students who withdraw will be refunded on a prorated basis as described in the Collegeâ€™s Refund Policy. 4. Students who are removed from the residence halls or Greensboro College for disciplinary reasons will not be entitled to a refund. GETTING SETTLED 1. Check in - When you check-in to your residence hall, you will be given a Room Condition Report (RCR) and a medical information card. You are required to complete and sign the RCR along with your RA. The RCR form details the condition of the room when you check-in and serves as your acceptance of the assigned room space. Your room becomes your responsibility at this point and should remain in the same condition throughout the year. This form protects you from being charged with damages you did not cause and gives the College a basis for assessing appropriate charges. The medical information card has important information for medical emergencies and other health related concerns. Make sure all this information is completed accurately. 2. Keys - You will receive ONE key to your residence hall room. To ensure the safety of residents and their belongings, duplication of Greensboro College keys is prohibited. If a key is lost or stolen, it is 61 the responsibility of the student to inform the Residence Life staff immediately. Procedures for lost or broken keys are as follows: A. Broken Keys will be replaced at no cost if the resident notifies a Residence Life staff member within 24 hours of breaking the key AND can produce the broken pieces of the key. B. Lost Keys require the door to the room to be re-keyed and a new set of keys made. The lock will be changed within 24 hours for security reasons. The cost of a lock change is $50 and will be charged to the account of the resident responsible for losing his/her key. The roommate of a student who loses his/her key will not be charged for their replacement. The lost key must be reported to a Residence Life staff member within 24 hours. C. Spare Keys will be issued to a student who inadvertently locks him/herself out of his/her room. The resident should contact a Residence Life staff member to be issued a key. The key MUST be returned within 24 hours or a lock change will be ordered and the studentâ€™s account will be charged a $50 lock change fee. In order to ensure safety in the residence halls, students needing to be let into their rooms more than five times in an academic year will automatically have their lock changed and the studentâ€™s account will be charged a $50 lock change fee 3. Lofts - Lofts may be constructed in Greensboro and West Residence Halls only. Lofts are required to meet the standards set forth by the Fire Marshal and the College. Procedures, requirements and specifications for lofts are available from the office of Residence Life. An application to build a loft must be completed before construction. After authorization is obtained and the loft is complete, it will be inspected by the RHD. If the loft does not meet specifications, the builder will have 24 hours to correct the problem before a re-inspection. If the loft still fails to meet specifications, it must be removed. Lofts must be taken down prior to the resident checking out of his/her room. Furthermore, lofts must be disassembled prior to 24 hour quiet hours at the end of the semester. Lofts may not be stored in student rooms over the summer and a fee will be assessed if lofts are not taken down by the specified date. It is recommended that lofts should be constructed around the existing bed frame as NO furnishings are permitted to be removed from the room. Head and footboards will be required to be stored in the residentâ€™s room for the duration of the year. DO NOT attempt to pre-construct lofts as room and bed frame dimensions are different room to room. 4. Furnishings - Furniture may not be removed from your room, lobby, study lounge or other residence hall areas. Special requests may be directed to the RHD or Director of Residence Life. Removal or relocation of furniture is a violation of the Student Conduct Code and is considered theft. A minimum $100 fine will be assessed to students who violate this policy. 5. Electrical Appliances - All large appliances are strictly prohibited in the residence halls. The following small electrical items are acceptable: one small refrigerator (less than five cubic feet per room), stereos, radios, TVs and microwaves. All appliances should be U.L. listed and where possible, Energy Star rated. Open coil appliances such as toasters, hot pots and coffee makers with a warming 62 plate are not permitted. Halogen lamps are not permitted in any building on campus at any time. A. Extension Cords are not permitted. Only power strips that are UL listed and have a built-in circuit breaker are acceptable (as outlined in section 703.1 of the Fire Prevention section of the NC building code). B. Electrical item(s) in violation of this policy will be confiscated and returned when arrangements are made to remove them from campus. Please consult your RHD if you have questions about the use of any other appliances or equipment. 6. Walls and Doors - Putty and masking tape may be used to hang pictures, posters and banners on walls or doors. Should damage occur from wall or door decorations, the student will assume the cost of repair. No writing, painting, drawing or defacing of doors or walls is permitted. If walls or doors are defaced, the student will be fined for cleaning and repainting. 7. Signs - Students may not display highway signs, exit signs, markers, warning lights, business signs, etc., in their rooms, as it is a violation of local/state/federal law to have them in your possession. If signs are found, they will be confiscated and you will be charged with possession of stolen property unless you can produce verification of purchase. These items will be turned over to Campus Security. HOUSING ACCOMODATION In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Greensboro College is committed to providing appropriate housing accommodations for all students. We evaluate all requests for exceptions carefully and we require all special housing requests based on disability to include the following: 1. Appropriate documentation of the condition or need that is the basis of the request. 2. A clear description of the desired housing configuration. 3. An explanation of how the request relates to the impact of the condition. 4. An indication of the level of need for the recommended configuration and the consequences of not receiving the desired configuration. 5. Possible alternatives if the recommended configuration is not possible. To evaluate requests based on medical, psychological or other disability related conditions accurately and equitably, Greensboro College will need documentation. Documentation consists of an evaluation by the appropriate professional that relates to the current impact of the condition to the request. To obtain complete instructions and a Housing Accommodation Request Form (FORM C) please visit the Disability Services web page. Housing Accommodation Request Forms should be returned directly to Disability Services with documentation that supports the specific request. 63 ROOM CHANGES The Office of Residence Life believes that roommates should develop open, communicative relationships. Our Residence Life team is prepared and available to assist with this process. Therefore, room changes are viewed as a last resort in a process of students working together within the construct of their community standards. When a student selects or is assigned a room, it is meant to be his/her room for the duration of the academic year. 1. Approved Changes - Any student desiring to initiate a move should talk to their RA to discuss proper procedures for changing rooms. Only students who follow the guidelines of the process will be eligible to move. 2. Unapproved Changes - If a student changes rooms without following appropriate procedures, the student may be charged a $100 unapproved room change fee and will have to move back to his/her original room. 3. Disciplinary Changes - In situations where it is determined that a student is being harassed by a roommate or needs to be moved for judicial reasons, the RHD, the Director of Residence Life or the Dean of Students will intervene and resolve the matter. 4. Private Rooms - Students willing to pay an additional fee, twice the cost of a double room, may apply for a private room. Private rooms are granted on a seniority (earned credit hours) basis as available. ROOM CONSOLIDATION If one of the residents of a double room moves out for any reason and the remaining student is still paying for a double, that student must be willing to accept another roommate (which may result in a room change). The College will make every attempt to move students in single rooms into new roommate situations. The Office of Residence Life will contact students with empty beds in their room early in each semester to be given an opportunity to select a roommate of their choice. In the event that a student is unable to locate a roommate on his or her own, one may be assigned. The College will make every attempt to secure adequate matches and will notify students without roommates living in double rooms of the date for consolidation. In some cases, students living alone in a double room may request, for an additional fee, to make their room private. Should this option be available, the rate for a single room is twice that of a double room. ROOM SELECTION The Room Selection process is designed to maximize individual choice for students. Room selection for the following academic year typically begins around spring break. Information regarding this process will be made available as soon as possible in the spring semester. Rooms are selected on a seniority basis determined by earned credit hours at the time of room selection. 64 RESIDENCE HALL CLOSING/CHECK OUT 1. Breaks - The residence halls are closed and locked for the duration of College breaks (check the academic calendar for specific closing and opening days and times). Greensboro College encourages students and their families to make travel plans in accordance with this schedule. Concerns should be directed to the RHD. As you prepare to leave for holidays or breaks, please make certain you have disconnected all electrical appliances and locked your windows and doors. The Residence Life staff will make health and safety checks during this time. 2. Check out - At the end of the year or when a student changes rooms, check out procedures must be followed. It is the resident’s responsibility to make arrangements with a residence life staff member to check out. This staff member will note discrepancies on your Room Condition Report and sign for return of your key. If you fail to check out with a staff member, you will be charged a $100 improper check out fee. Your room is expected to be in the same condition as when you checked in. Students must check out within 24 hours after their last exam at the end of the spring semester. RESIDENCE LIFE POLICIES The following Residence Life Policies have been established to provide an environment in which all residential students may live comfortably and safely without infringing upon the rights of the College or the individual. Violations of Residence Life Policies may result in disciplinary action under the Greensboro College Student Conduct Code Section IV, P - “Violation of Other Campus Policies and Procedures”. 1. Babysitting - The residence halls are not designed to accommodate small children and, therefore, babysitting is not allowed within the residence halls. 2. Bicycles – Non-motorized two wheel bicycles are allowed in residence hall rooms as long as they are stored in an unobtrusive manner AND both roommates agree to its presence. No bicycles may be left in halls, stairwells, lobbies or other common areas. 3. Community Vandalism & Property Damage - Damage or vandalism to residential facilities (including but not limited to room and lounge furnishings, hallways, doors, locks, windows, card readers and vending machines) is prohibited. Students found in violation will be responsible for restitution of the item(s) damaged as well as judicial sanctions. 4. Hallways and Stairwells - Safety regulations require that hallways and stairwells be clear at all times. No trash, room furnishings or other objects are permitted in any corridor or stairwell. Any student who violates this policy will be asked to remove the items and will be charged a fine. 5. Health and Safety Inspections - Inspections are performed periodically throughout the academic year as needed and at least during move-in, move-out, and the semester break. Excessive damages by a student to his/her residence hall room may result in the loss of campus housing privileges and liability for repairs and cleaning. 65 6. Noise – Each Residence Hall observes 24 hour courtesy and specific quiet hours that will be posted on the hall. Radios, TVs, and game systems may be used respectfully. Musical instruments may be played in designated practice spaces only. 7. Personal Injury/Damage to Personal Property - Greensboro College assumes no liability for any injuries you sustain or personal property that is lost or damaged while residing in a campus residence hall. Renters insurance is recommended to cover any property loss or damage. 8. Pets - The only pets allowed in a residence hall are non-flesh eating fish housed in an aquarium no greater than 10 gallons. 9. Repairs and Maintenance Requests - You should report all needed repairs to your Resident Advisor or Residence Hall Director. Please DO NOT attempt to make repairs yourself. 10. Room Capacity - For individual and campus safety, the North Carolina Fire Safety Code has established that a maximum of 10 people may be present in an individual residence hall room. Events requiring larger spaces need to be planned in advance in conjunction with the Office of Conferences and Events. Students who entertain more than 10 people in their room are in violation of the Student Conduct Code. 11. Solicitation - To protect your privacy in the residence halls, solicitation is not allowed without prior approval from the Dean of Students or his/her designee. 12. Use of the Residence Hall Room A. The student may not sublet his/her room. B. The student may not change rooms without proper authorization. C. The residence hall room may not be used for any commercial/non-residential purpose. D. The student may not make alterations, additions, improvements, repairs or changes to the space, furnishings or equipment assigned. E. The student shall keep the residence hall room free of waste or debris. He/she will maintain the space and all furnishings therein in the same condition as which he/she received it. F. The student assumes liability for any damages whatsoever to the space and furnishings or equipment therein, or to any portion of the residence hall in which the space is situated, that results from acts of the student. G. The student shall not duplicate any College keys. H. The student agrees to accept and comply with the Student Conduct Code, all residence life policies and procedures and all other College requirements. RESIDENCE HALL FINES & COSTS Moving or obtaining College furniture without permission $100.00 Improper Checkout $100.00 Unapproved room changes $100.00 66 Early Move-in $ 50.00 Lock Change $ 50.00 Lost ID card $ 50.00 Failure to properly dispose of lofts and furniture at checkout $ 50.00 Leaving trash, furnishings or other objects in $ 25.00 hallways/stairwells + $5 each additional day 67 FEDERAL REGULATIONS IN THIS SECTIONâ€Ś Parental Notification Student Records Campus Security Act PARENTAL NOTIFICATION Greensboro College encourages students to have open communication with their parents and guardians regarding their academic progress and life on campus. The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (commonly known as FERPA or the Buckley Amendment) affords students the right to access educational records and protects students from the release and disclosure of those records to third parties. If students have signed a Release Form with the College, then an advisor, student development staff member or other college official may discuss a student situation with family members. If the student has not signed this release, college officials are unable to disclose this information to family members. When students violate College policies, we encourage them to communicate openly with their parents regarding the violation and its consequences. For minor or first-time offenses, parents are not notified. In cases where there is an overarching physical or psychological concern, or in repeated instances involving alcohol or other drugs, parents will be notified. STUDENT RECORDS According to the Family Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (known as FERPA or the Buckley Amendment), educational records are those records, files and other materials which contain information directly related to a studentâ€™s academic progress, financial status, medical condition, etc., and are maintained by the College or a party acting on behalf of the College. Educational records, with the exception of those designated as directory information (described below), may not be released without the written consent of the student to any individual, agency or organization other than the following authorized personnel and special situations: 1) To parents, if student is a dependent as defined by Section 152 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1954; 2) To Greensboro College faculty and staff who have an educational interest in the student; 3) To officials of other schools in which student seeks to enroll (transcripts); 4) To certain government agencies specified in the legislation; 5) To an accrediting agency in carrying out its function; 6) In emergency situations where the health or safety of the student or others is involved; 7) To educational surveys where individual identification is withheld; 68 8) In response to a judicial order; 9) In a campus directory after the student has deletion options; 10) In connection with financial aid. A student may request, in writing, an opportunity to review the official educational records maintained by the College. Educational records excluded from student access are: 1) Confidential information placed in the record before January 1, 1975; 2) Medical and psychological information; 3) Private notes and procedural matters retained by the maker or substitutes; 4) Financial records of parents or guardian. The student may challenge any data in their educational record that is considered to be inaccurate or misleading. The student must submit the challenge in writing to the Dean of Students. The Dean of Students and Vice President for Academic Affairs will review and rule on any challenge. For more information about educational records maintained by the College, please contact the Dean of Students. The College is permitted to make public certain “directory information” which includes name, home and residence hall address, telephone number, date and place of birth, major, extracurricular activities, date of attendance, previous institutions attended, degree and awards. Any student who objects to any of the “directory information” being made public should notify the Registrar’s Office. Such a request should specify what information is to be withheld. CAMPUS SECURITY ACT OF 1990 The Cleary Act (Campus Security Act of 1990) dictates that students have a right to know about public crime committed on college campuses. In accordance with this act, Greensboro College publishes and distributes an annual Campus Security Report by October 1 of each year. The intent of the act is to inform prospective students and prospective employees about campus crime and to provide timely notice to the campus community about crimes that are considered to pose a threat to safety. The Campus Security Office is required to maintain a public log of all reported crimes and submit their crime statistics to the U.S. Department of Education. Greensboro College’s annual security report includes statistics for the previous three years concerning reported crimes that occurred on campus, in certain off-campus buildings owned or controlled by Greensboro College and on public property within, or immediately adjacent to and accessible from the campus. The report also includes institutional policies concerning campus security, such as policies concerning alcohol and drug use, crime prevention, the reporting of crimes, sexual assault and other matters. You can obtain a copy of this report by contacting the Chief of Campus Security or checking out the security section on the College’s web page. 69 ACADEMIC LIFE In the following pages, you will find additional information about the academic policies and resources of Greensboro College. Although the faculty and staff at the College are here to help you achieve your objective of getting a good education, you must assume the responsibility for your education and take advantage of the many resources that are available to you. The following are suggestions that we think will be helpful to you in achieving your academic goals: Uphold the principles of the Academic Honor Code. Integrity is the cornerstone of academic life. Get to know your instructors. These faculty members are your best resource in learning how to master the course material. Understand and abide by the attendance policy in each of your classes. Regular class attendance is essential if you are to do well in your classes. Meet regularly with your faculty advisor. You will find that your advisor can be of assistance to you on a variety of academic matters. Learn how to use the library, PEAK and the computer labs. This will save you time as well as contribute positively to the quality of your academic work. Be familiar with the Academic Catalog. It contains information about course offerings, degree requirements and academic policies and procedures. Learn about the academic support services of the College. Tutorial services, learning disabilities services, study skills workshops and the Academic Success Program are just some of the support services designed to assist you. IN THIS SECTION… Undergraduate Academic Catalog Academic Support Attendance Policy Brock Museum Computer Labs Disability Services Library Intellectual Property Rights UNDERGRADUATE ACADEMIC CATALOG The Undergraduate Academic Catalog is the most important source of information about the academic program and academic policies and procedures of the College. All students are governed by the degree requirements, including major and minor requirements, of the catalog in effect at the time of initial 70 enrollment in Greensboro College. (Students who withdraw and subsequently return are governed by the degree requirements in effect at the time of their reentry to the College.) The following is a partial listing of some of the topics addressed in the Undergraduate Academic Catalog: Academic Policies and Procedures Academic Program Academic Calendar Academic Majors Course Listings Academic Records Class Attendance Academic Honors Petition for Exception to Academic Policy Final Examinations Grading System Graduation Requirements Academic Probation, Suspension & Dismissal Since many important issues related to your enrollment at Greensboro College are addressed in the Catalog, it is essential that you be familiar with its contents. The Undergraduate Academic Catalog may be accessed on-line at this address: http://www.greensboro.edu/academics/catalog.html. ACADEMIC SUPPORT The PEAK (Personal Enrichment And Knowledge) houses several offices that support students in the academic arena. These offices and services include the Academic Success Office, the Academic Advising Office, peer tutorial programs, referrals to the Writing Program and faculty in other disciplines for professional tutoring, and services for students with disabilities. There is also a space for quiet studying or testing, either alone or in groups. The PEAK is located on the third floor of Main Building and is open to all students. 1. Academic Advising - Each student is assigned an advisor upon enrollment at Greensboro College. Advisors are prepared to discuss issues including course selection, major and minor requirements, tutoring, time management, adding and dropping classes, academic policies and procedures, professional opportunities and much more. Students may change majors, add or delete minors (which are optional) at any point during their academic career. A change in major may also result in a change of advisor. To make changes in majors and/or minors, students must complete a Change of Major/Minor/Advisor form, located in the Registrarâ€™s Office. Advisors are available during routine, posted office hours. Students should make appointments with advisors when possible rather than dropping in unexpectedly, so that both can be prepared for a productive meeting. Advisors cannot discuss an adviseeâ€™s academic progress with parents without that adviseeâ€™s permission. In November all students receive a packet of materials relating to registration for the following spring semester courses. There is a designated advising/registration period during which students 71 meet with their advisors to plan the next spring semester’s courses and discuss other academic issues. The same procedures occur in April, when students register for the following summer and/or fall courses. One of the main tools for academic advising at Greensboro College is the degree check sheet, which is a chart showing all courses required for a degree in a particular major. Each semester that a student is enrolled, his/her degree check sheet is updated by the Registrar’s Office to show courses completed, cumulative grade point average, cumulative hours earned and other information relevant to completing graduation requirements. Students receive a copy of their degree check sheet in November and April, coinciding with advising/registration periods. Additionally, seniors receive a graduation audit from the Registrar’s Office that outlines specific remaining requirements for completing the degree. The faculty advisor is one of the most important resources available to a student’s academic career at Greensboro College. Students are responsible for knowing, understanding and completing all degree requirements, and the advisors help the students toward those goals. Students who need additional assistance should contact any of the staff in the PEAK. 2. Tutorial Services - In addition to faculty assistance, Greensboro College provides free peer tutorial service to students seeking additional assistance in various subjects. There also is professional tutoring available in writing. Students are asked to make appointments with peer tutors by signing up for tutorial sessions according to the tutors’ listed hours of availability. The tutorial listings are located on the third floor of Main Building in the PEAK. Arrangements can be made for tutorial assistance outside of the posted hours of availability through a coordinated effort between the peer tutors and the Director of Academic Support. Tutorial sessions will take place in tutorial rooms in the PEAK from 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Monday – Friday and in the Curriculum room, ground floor of the library after 5 p.m. weekdays and all day weekends. For more information, please contact the Director of Academic Support. 3. Study Skills Workshops - Students are invited to participate in Study Skills Workshops in the PEAK covering such topics as goal setting, time management, procrastination, concentration, memory, testing skills, reading skills and working with professors. Students may request other areas. Workshops also may be requested on an individual basis with the Director of Academic Success. 4. Academic Success Program - This program is designed for students who need and/or request a more structured academic environment. Students participating in the program sign a contract stipulating the conditions for their participation. Conditions may include, but are not limited to, frequent meetings with the Director of Academic Success, the Director of Academic Support and instructors, monitoring of class progress, working with tutors and participating in series of college success meetings. For more information, contact the Director of Academic Success. 72 ATTENDANCE POLICY Regular class attendance is a responsibility and is necessary for effective learning and satisfactory performance. All instructors have an attendance policy, which is announced at the beginning of each semester and included in the class syllabus. The penalties for not adhering to an instructor’s stated attendance policy are also included in the class syllabus and announced at the beginning of each semester. An instructor may send attendance warnings to students who violate the attendance policy for a course. Any student who violates the attendance policy set forth in a class syllabus may be dismissed from the class, provided that a warning has been sent to the student. The student will receive a grade of WN (withdrawal for non-attendance) or FN (failure for non-attendance) depending on the date of the dismissal from the class. If students must miss class because of illness, they should notify the instructor. The instructor may require a health care provider’s documentation of the illness. Students should make arrangements with the instructor regarding missed work. If students must miss class for an extended amount of time due to medical or personal reasons, they should contact the Office of Student Development and notify them of their situation. The Dean of Students or her/his designee will assist students in making arrangements and contacting their professors to notify them of the absence. However, it is the student’s responsibility to work with professors on any missed assignments. Students requesting modifications to attendance policies set forth by individual instructors as an accommodation for a documented disability must do so by following procedures required by the Office of Disability Services. BROCK HISTORICAL MUSEUM The Brock Historical Museum of Greensboro College, located on the third floor of Main Building, seeks to foster a sense of identity, community and pride in the College’s rich history by collecting, preserving, exhibiting and interpreting archival materials and physical artifacts pertinent to the history of the College, life at the College and the College’s relation to and influence on both the surrounding communities and society in general. The museum is open to all students, faculty, staff and other visitors during designated hours. COMPUTER LAB RESOURCES 1. Computer Classrooms – There are two computer classrooms in Proctor Hall (PHW 206 and PHW 307) and three in Cowan Building (C203, C206, & C207). These classrooms are equipped with current computers, printers, software and peripherals used in the teaching of classes. Courses may be scheduled to use these classrooms on a regular or occasional basis. To ensure availability for 73 classes, they are not open for general use, except PHW 206 and Cowan 207, which are available for use when classes are not scheduled in them. 2. News & Record Technology Center – The News & Record Technology Center is located in Cowan Building (C203). Established to support the College’s work with the literacy group Reading Connections, the facility serves as a classroom for Greensboro College classes and is used to offer training opportunities to non-profit community groups. 3. Additional Computers – All computers are attached to the campus network for access to oncampus resources as well as the internet and email. Software applications include a variety of word processing, database, and spreadsheet, programming language, graphics and course-specific packages. There are computers located in the Library (Bibliographic Instruction Room and Learning Commons) for open use during hours established by the Library staff. DISABILITY SERVICES The primary mission of the Office of Disability Services at Greensboro College is to provide ongoing, comprehensive support to students in the form of academic advisement, coaching and tutoring. Additionally, the office will serve as an advocate for students with disabilities and promote awareness of disability issues campus wide. Through these services, the office strives to facilitate wellness and academic success for all students. For students with disabilities, this includes assistance in the development of self-awareness, self advocacy and independent learning skills necessary for each student to thrive intellectually, spiritually and professionally. Voluntary Disclosure: Students wishing to receive accommodations facilitated by the Office of Disability Services are responsible for disclosure of physical, psychological, sensory or learning disabilities. Accommodation requests must be accompanied by appropriate documentation that includes professional evaluation, diagnosis and specific recommendations. All student contacts and discussions with the Director are confidential. Information about or disclosed by the student may not be shared without student permission, with rare exceptions. For additional information, please consult the Greensboro College Office of Disability Services Handbook, the Greensboro College Academic Catalog, or the Office of Disability Services webpage at: http://www.greensborocollege.edu/academics/academicservices/disability-services.cfm LIBRARY James Addison Jones Library provides a quality environment for research, study, and recreational reading. The Library’s collection includes almost 100,000 titles, access to more than 60,000 print and electronic periodicals and newspapers, full text access to more than 55,000 electronic books, and many other print, multimedia, and electronic resources supporting the College curriculum and the independent 74 learning that can add immeasurably to the quality of your experience at Greensboro College. Collections include the Levy-Loewenstein Holocaust Collection, with more than 1000 circulating books on Holocaust history, and the Curriculum Materials Center, which houses resources for teacher education faculty and students. Greensboro College participates in NC LIVE, a statewide initiative providing access to electronic resources, and NC-PALS, a four-library consortium including Bennett, Guilford, and Salem Colleges. Greensboro College students who are registered for courses and in good standing may also use and borrow books in person from members of the Triad Academic Library Association (TALA), which includes UNCG, Elon, N.C. A & T, Wake Forest, High Point University, Winston-Salem State, and several community colleges. To borrow books from these libraries, students must present a Pride Card and be able to access their registration information on Empower. Knowing how to locate, evaluate, and use information effectively contributes to students’ success at Greensboro College. Please ask if you need help! Our staff members are eager to help students find information in Jones Library, in other libraries, on the Internet, and from other available sources. Jones Library belongs to all members of the Greensboro College community. To help the Library meet your needs, please: Ask! The Library’s Reference Desk is staffed when the Library is open. E-mail and chat reference are available on the Library’s website. Feel free to make suggestions for improving the Library’s collections and services to the Director or to any staff member. Use the Library with the understanding that it belongs to the entire Greensboro College community and that generations of future students will benefit from everyone’s assistance in improving the Library. Hours: Hours are listed in the front of this Pride Guide. Hours vary during finals periods, holidays, summer sessions, and breaks. Please click the “hours” link on the Library’s website for current hours: www.greensboro.edu/library. Services: Jones Library provides materials and services to support students’ research and information needs. A Media Room is available for in-house use of DVD and VHS recordings. Computer workstations provide access to periodical databases, standard software packages, and the Internet. The Library has cooperative borrowing agreements with many area libraries, and the staff will assist you in identifying and borrowing appropriate resources from both local and remote collections. Our newly renovated Learning Commons includes wide-screen monitors and group and individual study spaces. Borrowing: The Circulation Desk on the main floor is the checkout point for all circulating material. Greensboro College students must present their Pride Cards at the Circulation Desk when borrowing materials. There is usually no limit to the number of books a student may check out at one time. Loan periods for Library materials are as follows: 75 Books: General Collection, CMC, Loewenstein Collection, Music Scores Levy- 30 days VHS, DVD, and sound recordings 7 days Periodicals Non-circulating Reference books Non-circulating Reserve materials As requested by professor Loaner Laptops and Headphones 3 hours, Library use only Flip Video Cameras 3 days Renewals: Students may renew books as many times as needed. The Library may recall books during the second or subsequent renewals if another person requests them. Books may be renewed online twice. Renew a book online by going to the Library Catalog and clicking the “My Account” link at the top of the screen. After the second renewal, students must bring the books to the Library to renew them, along with their Pride Card. Fines and Lost Books: The Library does not charge overdue fines for regular 7- and 30-day items. The Library does charge fines for overdue Reserve items as follows: All hourly Reserve items: 25 cents per hour All daily Reserve items: $1 per day The Library establishes overdue policies to ensure that books are returned and made available for other library borrowers. As a courtesy to borrowers, the Library sends notices for overdue books. It is the responsibility of the borrower to return materials on time, pay the designated fines, and make sure that the Library has an up-to-date e-mail address for sending recall and overdue notices. The Library sends overdue notices via e-mail when items are 1 week, 2 weeks, and 3 weeks overdue. When an item is 4 weeks overdue, the Library bills the person whose name appears on the checkout record for the replacement cost plus a $20 processing fee. If the material is not returned or the bill is not paid by the end of the semester, Student Accounts will be notified and the borrower’s grades and transcripts will be withheld. Failure to return materials or pay fees may result in the blocking of registration and graduation. Returning Books: Please use the outside book drop, located next to the Library’s front door, only when the Library is closed and for books only. Use the book drop inside the Library’s front door when the Library is open. To avoid overdue charges, please return all Reserve items to the Circulation Desk. 76 INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY RIGHTS The College has strong policies regarding copyright laws and plagiarism. Links to the full texts of the Intellectual Property Policy and Greensboro College Copyright and Fair Use Guidelines are on the Faculty Resources Page (faculty.greensboro.edu). Copies of the document are also available through the Dean of Faculty's office. The Academic Honor Code addresses plagiarism. "Resources for Students" offered by Writing Across the Curriculum: (http://www.greensboro.edu/academics/departments/english/watc/resources-for-students.cfm) offers suggestions for identifying and avoiding plagiarism. 77 ENROLLMENT POLICIES IN THIS SECTIONâ€Ś Enrollment Classifications Indebtedness Withdrawal Procedures Refund Readmission ENROLLMENT CLASSIFICATIONS Students carrying at least 12 semester hours or more are considered full-time students and, as such, are afforded the programs and services for full-time status. All students living in the College Residence Halls are considered to be full-time students and, as such, pay tuition, fees, room and board as stated in the College catalog and Student Handbook. Tuition and fees will not be pro-rated for that student who may drop below 12 semester hours. Commuting students are those traditional students whose permanent residence is nearby or those students who receive approval from the Office of Residence Life to live off campus. These students pay the stated semester tuition and fees. They have the option to purchase a meal plan. The rate for students who commute and are enrolled in less than 12 hours is $700 per semester hour. INDEBTEDNESS The Board of Trustees has established a policy that students may complete registration only after initial payment of fees has been made. Students may not be advanced to candidacy for a degree, may not expect to have official transcripts of college work released, may not register for the succeeding semester or summer session or participate in Commencement exercises until indebtedness to the College has been settled. WITHDRAWAL PROCEDURES Administrative withdrawal- The College reserves the right at any time to dismiss any student who, in the judgment of the College, fails to maintain the required standard of scholarship or who willfully violates the rules and regulations of the College or whose general conduct convinces the administration that the student has not become adapted to this institution. The Vice President for Academic Affairs or the Vice President of Operations shall make such dismissal. A student who is dismissed under the provisions of this paragraph may appeal the dismissal to the President of the College. 78 Voluntary withdrawal or transfer - Once a student has been formally registered and desires to completely withdraw from all courses, it is necessary to do so in writing. All students should obtain a withdrawal form from the Dean of Students and complete an exit interview. Students who withdraw on their own initiative will be governed by the following academic policies: Withdrawal from courses through the end of that term’s drop/add period will result in the deletion of the courses from the academic record. Students withdrawing from courses beginning the first day after that term’s drop/add period through the term’s published deadline to withdraw without academic penalty will receive grades of W. A grade of W does not compute in the grade point average. Students withdrawing after the term’s published deadline to withdraw without academic penalty will receive grades of WF. A grade of WF computes in the grade point average as a grade of F. Students withdrawing completely from Greensboro College on their own initiative should consult the section of this Catalog entitled Refund Information for the refund policy. If a student withdraws completely from the college and then decides to re-enroll, he/she must re-apply for admission through the Admissions Office or the Professional and Graduate Studies Office. Re-enrollment may be granted pending good status with Student Accounts, Financial Aid, Student Development, and the Registrar. Medical withdrawal - To be considered for a medical withdrawal, a student must obtain documentation from a health care provider to accompany a letter to the Dean of Students. All students seeking a partial or full medical withdrawal need the approval of the Dean of Students. Students approved to withdraw for medical reasons through the term’s published midpoint will receive a grade of W with no academic penalty. Students withdrawing medically after the published deadline for course withdrawal without academic penalty will receive grades of either W or WF, depending upon their progress in their courses. This information will be obtained directly from the instructors by the Registrar’s Office. If approved, refunds will be determined according to the refund policy for medical withdrawals. Consult the section of this Catalog entitled Refund Information. Readmission may be contingent upon assessment and documentation from an outside medical professional. Unofficial Withdrawal The following grades shall be assigned to students whose lack of class attendance affects their performance. -If a student is withdrawn from a class by the professor due to excessive absences prior to the deadline to withdraw from a class without penalty, then that student shall receive a final grade of WN (Withdrawal for non-attendance) by the professor. The WN grade does not affect the academic grade point average. 79 -If a student is withdrawn from a class by the professor due to excessive absences after the deadline to withdraw from a class without penalty, then that student shall receive a final grade of FN (Failure for nonattendance) by the professor. The FN grade calculates in the academic grade point average as an F. -If a student remains enrolled in a class for an entire term and has failed the class because his or her lack of attendance in that class has had a direct and substantial negative effect on the final grade, then that student shall receive a final grade of FN (Failure for non-attendance). The FN grade calculates in the academic grade point average as an F. If, at the end of a semester, a student has received all grades of FN and/or WN, then it shall be determined that the student has unofficially withdrawn from the College and his/her name shall be given to the Director of Financial Aid for Federal financial aid eligibility determination. Please note that financial obligations must still be met, even if a student has been unofficially withdrawn. Military Leave of Absence Greensboro College recognizes that some students may be active members or reservists in a branch of the armed forces. If such students provide documentation to the Registrar that their service obligation will interrupt a term in which they are actively enrolled and the Registrar confirms that satisfactory academic progress was being made prior to the interruption of their studies, appropriate accommodations will be arranged so that the students can complete the course(s) they were taking at the time of the interruption. Accommodations could include completing course(s) online or the assignment of a grade extension, CO (Carry Over), to allow the student extra time to complete course(s). Additionally, an appropriate accommodation may be a Military Leave of Absence until such time as they can return to the College in a subsequent new term. Punitive grades will not be issued when a Military Leave of Absence is granted. The appropriate accommodation(s) will be decided by the individual course instructors, based on what is reasonable for a given course. Removal from residence halls, suspension or dismissal for disciplinary reasons - Students who are suspended or dismissed from Greensboro College for disciplinary reasons through the termâ€™s published midpoint will receive a grade of W with no academic penalty. Students who are suspended or dismissed from Greensboro College for disciplinary reasons after the published deadline for course withdrawal without academic penalty will receive grades of W or WF, depending upon their progress in their courses. This information will be obtained directly from the instructors by the Registrarâ€™s Office. A student removed from the residence halls, suspended or dismissed from Greensboro College for disciplinary reasons will not be entitled to a refund of any tuition, fees, or room and board charges. 80 The College reserves the right at any time to dismiss any students who fail to maintain the required standard of scholarship, who willfully violate the rules and regulations of the College, or whose general conduct convinces the administration that they have not become adapted to the institution. Either the Vice President for Academic Affairs or the Dean of Students shall make such a dismissal. A student who is dismissed under the provisions of this paragraph may appeal the dismissal to the President of the College. Academic Withdrawal and Suspension â€“ Students must meet minimum grade point averages based on the number of hours attempted in order to maintain good academic standing. These grade point average requirements are printed in the Undergraduate Academic Catalog in the section titled Academic Progress. Failure to meet the requirements will result in academic probation, academic withdrawal, or academic suspension, depending on the studentâ€™s status. Students who have been academically withdrawn or suspended have the right of appeal. To be considered eligible to enroll for the following semester, a student must write to the Scholastic Standing Committee, in care of the Vice President for Academic Affairs, within the time period designated in the letter of notification of academic withdrawal. If no letter is received, the College will assume that the student does not intend to appeal and will release class and residence hall space, refunding any deposits. Students are allowed to appeal in person before the Scholastic Standing Committee. If the student wishes to appeal in person, this should be stated in the letter of appeal. A written appeal is as valid as a personal appearance. Students who have been academically withdrawn or suspended and have sat out at least one semester must apply for readmission and be approved by the Scholastic Standing Committee in order to return. Readmission is not guaranteed. If circumstances prevent a student from completing the withdrawal process as described above, students are required to notify the appropriate office, i.e. Dean of Students. The student will receive a copy of the withdrawal paperwork via U.S. Mail following their withdrawal. A student is not officially withdrawn unless they have received the copy. REFUND INFORMATION 1. Refund Policy for Voluntary Withdrawal or Leave of Absence Students who officially completely withdraw of their own initiative from Greensboro College before the beginning of classes will receive a full refund of tuition, academic and student activity fees. Nonrefundable deposits and registration fees will not be refunded. Students who arrive prior to the 81 beginning of classes and then leave prior to the beginning of classes will be charged $45.00 per day for Room and Board for the days he/she was on campus. The beginning of classes is defined as follows: • Day Classes - The first day on which day classes are scheduled to meet, regardless of when a particular class begins. • Evening and Weekend Classes - The date and time of the first scheduled class meeting. After the beginning of classes, students who withdraw completely of their own initiative will have their tuition, room and board prorated according to the following schedule of calendar days: • First day of class through the end of Drop/Add period 90 percent • One to seven days past the end of Drop/Add period 75 percent • Eight to fourteen days past the end of Drop/Add period 50 percent • Fifteen to twenty-one days past the end of Drop/Add 25 percent • Twenty-two or more days past the end of Drop/Add 0 percent Fees other than tuition, room and board are not subject to proration. For those students who withdraw or take a leave of absence and are receiving financial aid through Greensboro College, the refund policy is dictated by federal guidelines. The College must refund the programs from which the student received assistance based on the date of withdrawal/leave and percentage of time enrolled. It is, therefore, imperative that the student follows proper withdrawal/leave of absence procedures to ensure that a fair and equitable refund calculation can be performed. Once the withdrawal/leave of absence date is established and adjustments have been made in the charges incurred based on the length of enrollment, the Financial Aid Office must reduce the student’s financial aid accordingly and reimburse the programs before any refund to the student can be made. Please note that this adjustment may result in a balance owed by the student. 2. Refund Policy for Medical Withdrawals A. Tuition - Students who officially withdraw completely because of medical reasons during the semester and prior to the Friday preceding the beginning of Weekend II classes may select one of the following options: 1. A refund of tuition payments based upon the College’s standard refund policy, or 2. A credit of tuition paid by the student for the semester. This credit may be used only for future tuition payments at Greensboro College; it is not a refundable credit. B. Room and Board - Students who officially withdraw completely because of medical reasons during the semester shall receive a refund for room and board based on the College’s standard refund policy. C. Partial Withdrawals - A student who withdraws from one or more courses because of medical 82 reasons but who remains enrolled at Greensboro College shall receive an adjustment for tuition payments based upon the College’s standard refund policy. 3. Refund Policy for Academic Ineligibility Reasons A student determined to be academically ineligible to return by the Vice President of Academic Affairs will receive a refund if the student has made payments or has a credit balance toward next semester’s tuition, fees, or room and board. 4. Refund Policy for Removal from Residence Halls, Suspension or Dismissal for Disciplinary Reasons A student removed from the residence halls, suspended or dismissed from Greensboro College for disciplinary reasons will not be entitled to a refund of any tuition, fees, or room and board charges. READMISSION 1. A student who withdraws from the College in good academic standing may apply for readmission to the Admissions Office (or Professional and Graduate Studies when applicable). Applications will be forwarded to the Readmission Committee for review. Readmission is not guaranteed. 2. A student who has been withdrawn or suspended for academic reasons may, after one semester, apply for readmission on a probationary status. The application for readmission is available in the Admissions Office. Readmission is not guaranteed. Readmission after academic withdrawal or suspension requires the approval of the Scholastic Standing Committee and the Readmission Committee. A student who has been withdrawn or suspended twice for academic reasons is not eligible to apply for readmission. 3. A student who has been suspended for disciplinary reasons may reapply after the time period set forth under the conditions of suspension. The application for readmission is available in the Admissions Office (or Professional & Graduate Studies when applicable). All conditions set forth in the suspension must be satisfied in order for readmission to be considered. Readmission may require several meetings with the Dean of Students, submission of appropriate documentation and adherence to behavioral sanctions upon readmission. Readmission is not guaranteed. 4. A student who has taken a medical withdrawal may apply for readmission and must submit documentation from the appropriate health care provider to the Dean of Students verifying the student’s health condition and readiness for returning to the College. Readmission is not guaranteed. Students who are readmitted reenter the College under the degree requirements of the current Catalog. Students may petition to reenter under the provisions of the Catalog in effect at the time of the students’ original admission to the College. If a student is granted permission to reenter Greensboro College under the provisions of the Catalog of entry, this permission extends only to provisions relating to degree requirements, including general education requirements and to major and minor requirements. In all matters, the provisions of the current Catalog govern the student. 83 NON-TRADITIONAL STUDENT PROGRAMS Students who are 23 years of age or older are classified with non-traditional (adult) status and admitted to the College through the Office of Admissions. Non-traditional admission status can also be granted to students who are under the age of 23 if they have a bachelorâ€™s degree, or a North Carolina community college associateâ€™s degree, or are financially independent. Adult students take advantage of a number of scheduling options including day, evening and weekend classes. Adults at Greensboro College are enrolled in undergraduate and graduate programs and all majors. Greensboro College offers an accelerated two-year Professional Bachelor Degree in Business Administration. This is a cohort program and students meet on Monday nights and one Saturday a month to complete their undergraduate degree. An Elementary major and licensure program are offered on site at Rockingham Community College. A degree completion major in Criminal Justice is also offered on-site at Rockingham Community College. Greensboro College has masterâ€™s degree programs in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), Elementary Education, and Special Education with concentrations in General and Adapted Curriculum. In addition to the licensure-only programs in fourteen areas, there is an accelerated summer program, Piedmont Alternative Licensure (PAL), designed to address the needs of individuals with degrees and undergraduate majors in content area who want to become teachers. Greensboro College offers non-traditional students competitive tuition, limited fees, financial aid information, rolling admissions, flexible scheduling, and individual attention to their academic and advising needs. Non-traditional students are subject to the same academic policies and procedures as all other students and must fulfill the same degree requirements. They are also subject to the same rules and regulations governing behavior as traditional students. Non-traditional students are encouraged to take advantage of educational and cultural events scheduled throughout the year and to become involved in student activities of interest to them. As Greensboro College students, they have full access to the Reynolds Center and all it affords. Therefore, it is important for non-traditional students to familiarize themselves with the contents of the Student Handbook and Academic Catalog, including the Academic Calendar and to have a Pride Card (student ID). 84 CAMPUS SERVICES IN THIS SECTION. . . Bookstore Check Cashing Escort Services Financial Aid Food Services Information Technology Postal Center Security BOOKSTORE The Bookstore is located on the lower level of the Reynolds Center and is open Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The Bookstore provides textbooks, study aids and other miscellaneous merchandise such as notebooks, pens & pencils, sweatshirts, greeting cards and gift items. At the end of each semester, the Bookstore also provides a book-buy-back service. Extended hours for the book-buyback, as well as other designated times of the year, will be posted. CHECK CASHING There are numerous banks located close to the College. The College urges students to open an account with one of these banks to eliminate complications in the management of personal funds. When opening an account, it would be best to make deposits of cash or certified checks, as banks often will not cash checks on an account that has been funded with a personal check until the check has had time to clear. As a service to students, checks can be cashed in the Bookstore during regular business hours according to the following policy: Checks will be cashed up to a maximum of $25. Check cashing privileges are suspended for a returned check until it has successfully passed through the bank. If a second check is returned, check cashing privileges are revoked for the remainder of the semester. A fee will be charged on all returned checks. The Registrar’s Office will be instructed to withhold registration, graduation, grades and transcripts until all returned checks are satisfied by payment. Only two-party checks from parents will be cashed. Checks will be cashed with presentation of a valid Pride Card. 85 All Greensboro College students are eligible to join the Truliant Family Credit Union (www.truliantfcu.org). There are no fees to join, and the fees for banking services are competitive with local banks. At present, the Credit Union does not charge for ATM services. An ATM is located on campus in the Hill/Greensboro alcove. ESCORT SERVICES To ensure safety, students should never walk alone on campus, especially during the evening hours. Campus Security officers will provide students with an escort anywhere on campus at any hour of the day. Students can make arrangements for an escort by contacting Campus Security. If they cannot find a security officer or have access to a phone, students are encouraged to ask a friend, RA or, if necessary, an RHD to escort them to their destination. FINANCIAL AID Greensboro College is committed to assisting students and their families in securing the resources necessary to attend the College through the use of institutional, federal and state funding in the form of scholarships, grants, loans and employment. Financial Aid is awarded primarily on the basis of demonstrated need as a result of filing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Students should be aware of any requirements that may be applicable for each specific program they are receiving. For more information on individual programs, please refer to the College’s Catalog or log on to the College website. Applying for Aid All applicants for financial aid must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by going to www.fafsa.ed.gov . Financial Aid is awarded on an annual basis; therefore, students must file the FAFSA each year to continue to be considered for assistance. The priority filing date is March 1. Students who file after the priority date will be subject to reduced funding. Eligibility for Financial Aid Financial need is defined as the difference between the cost of attending college and the amount the student and his/her family is expected to contribute toward meeting that cost. An Expected Family Contribution (EFC) is calculated by the U.S. Department of Education when a student files the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The EFC is an indicator of a student’s ability to contribute to their cost of attendance. A financial aid award will be developed based on the student’s eligibility and the availability of funding. In the development of the aid award, all resources must be considered in 86 meeting the studentâ€™s demonstrated need to include merit aid, talent-based aid and outside resources and benefits. Sources of Aid The three major types of financial aid are scholarships and grants, work programs and loans. The funding for financial aid comes from the institution, the federal government and the state government. Some types of financial aid programs are need-based while others are not based on demonstrated need. Restrictions on Institutional Programs Due to the number of requests for assistance and the limited funds to address these requests, institutional funding is limited to four years for entering first-time students. For transfer students the maximum time frame for institutional funding is based on the number of credits accepted by Greensboro College. Institutional funding is also awarded based on the assumption the student will be a residential student. If a student receiving institutional funding elects to live off campus, the institutional aid will be pro-rated based on the studentâ€™s direct costs. Restrictions on Scholarship and Grant Aid The total amount of grant and scholarship aid from all sources (institutional; state; federal; and outside/private) may not exceed the total of direct education costs (i.e. tuition & fees and room & board for residential students; or tuition and fees for off-campus students) plus books & supplies. Standards of Academic Progress Statement of Standards: Undergraduate students are required to maintain satisfactory academic progress and to remain in academic good standing in order to retain eligibility for financial aid. Students who are applying for financial assistance are expected to be enrolled full-time each semester during the academic year. Full-time enrollment is defined as 12 credits or more per semester. Students enrolled less than fulltime must notify the Office of Financial Aid and may be subject to reductions in financial assistance. Federal regulations require the Collegeâ€™s Standards of Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) to include the following. Quantitative Measure: To remain in good academic standing and retain eligibility for financial aid, students must successfully complete at least two-thirds of all hours attempted including Pass/Fail, repeated courses, incompletes, and courses dropped after the last day to drop a course without penalty (as published in the academic calendar). 87 Qualitative Measure: Students must maintain the following minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) on all attempted hours. For hours attempted: A minimum GPA must be maintained: fewer than 28 1.60 at least 28 but fewer than 60 1.80 60 or more 2.0 Maximum Time Frame: Institutional Programs: Greensboro College undergraduate programs are structured to be completed in four years; therefore, our non-transfer students are allowed eight semesters (or until degree requirements are met, whichever is first) of eligibility for institutional financial aid programs. For transfer students, the number of semesters of eligibility for institutional programs allowed is based on a studentâ€™s class level at the time he or she is admitted to Greensboro College. Federal Aid Programs: For undergraduate programs of study, the maximum time frame for receipt of federal financial aid must be no longer than 150% of the published length of an educational program. At Greensboro College, it takes 124 credits hours to receive a degree; therefore, students are allowed up to 186 attempted hours (including all transfer hours accepted toward completion of a studentâ€™s program) to be considered for federal financial aid. The maximum time limits include all hours attempted regardless of whether or not financial aid was received. Please note that grades of W (Withdrawal), WF (Withdraw Failing), I (Incomplete), WN, FN, S, and U are not considered satisfactory completion of a course and therefore are not earned hours. They will, however, count as attempted hours. Greensboro College does not offer remedial or developmental courses and transfer credit is not awarded for any courses that are designated as such. The following chart demonstrates a studentâ€™s required ratio of attempted hours to earned hours to be considered as progressing toward degree completion within the maximum 150% limit. It is imperative that students who receive Federal Direct Student Loans realize that there is a maximum aggregate amount they may borrow in their undergraduate career. Students who are enrolled for more than four years or 8 semesters ( the timeframe normally associated with completion of degree requirements at Greensboro College) and who receive federal loans during that time, are in jeopardy of losing their eligibility for federal student loans. 88 When total hours attempted are: Student must have earned at least: 35 hours 24 hours 65 hours 44 hours 95 hours 64 hours 125 hours 84 hours 155 hours 104 hours 186 hours 124 hours Transfer Students: Transfer students are evaluated based on the number of hours accepted by Greensboro College. Once transfer credit has been evaluated by the Registrar’s Office and the student has been awarded credit hours, then that student will fall under the same quantitative and qualitative requirements as previously mentioned based on that designated classification. Transfer grades are factored into the student’s cumulative GPA for SAP purposes. The maximum time limits for eligibility for federal financial aid also apply to transfer students based on the number of credits accepted by Greensboro College. Satisfactory Academic Progress Procedures Academic progress is reviewed at the end of each spring semester. Any student not making Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) for financial aid will receive a letter from the GC Financial Aid Office stating that he or she is no longer eligible to receive aid from any federal or state program. At this point, that student will have two options. 1. Attend Greensboro College using the student’s own financial resources and without financial aid, until the minimum requirements of the College’s Satisfactory Academic Progress policy have been met. 2. Submit a letter of appeal stating the reason(s) why he or she has not met the minimum standards along with any supporting documentation that verifies the circumstances that affected his or her ability to meet the minimum standards. Additional information on the appeal process is provided below. Appeal Process: A student may submit a written statement of appeal for additional financial assistance if he or she feels that there are special circumstances that prevented him or her from meeting the minimum standards of Satisfactory Academic Progress. Any supporting documents or statements should also be submitted that will provide the Appeals Committee with additional information pertinent to their review. The student must complete and submit the Greensboro College Satisfactory Academic Progress Appeal Request (form may be found on the Greensboro College Financial Aid Office website) along with the written statement to the Office of Financial Aid. The Satisfactory Academic Progress Appeals 89 Committee will review the request, the written statement, and any other submitted documentation to determine if the student can meet satisfactory academic progress standards by the end of the next term and thereby be placed on Financial Aid Probation for one term. If the Committee determines that the student cannot meet the required standards after completion of one term, he will be given the option of submitting an Academic Plan for Improvement. Additional information on the Academic Plan for Improvement is provided below. All students will be notified in writing of the Appeals Committee’s decisions. Please note that if approved, only one semester of financial aid eligibility can be offered without the submission of an Academic Plan for Improvement. The student must meet the minimum standards of Satisfactory Academic Progress by the end of the approved semester to retain eligibility. If the student does not improve the deficiencies within that approved semester, the student will no longer be eligible for financial aid from the College until the minimum requirements are met or an Academic Plan for Improvement is submitted and approved. Academic Plan For Improvement: If the student does not have valid reasons for submitting an appeal based on special circumstances, or if more than one semester is needed to bring up his or her academic progress deficiencies, then submitting an Academic Plan For Improvement is strongly encouraged. The student must contact the Assistant Vice President for Academic Administration to set up an appointment to develop his or her academic plan for meeting the minimum standards of academic progress. The academic plan is a strategy that presents the student’s goal to “get back on track” and meet the standards of Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) while completing degree requirements. The plan will have strict conditions that the student must follow in order to retain eligibility for financial aid. Following the Academic Plan for Improvement provides additional semesters of financial aid eligibility provided the student is meeting the conditions of the Plan. It is imperative that any student not making Satisfactory Academic Progress understands that failure to submit a successful appeal for Financial Aid Probation or an approved Academic Plan For Improvement to the Appeals Committee will mean that no further financial aid will be awarded to that student for future semesters of enrollment. It is necessary that immediate action be taken upon a student’s receipt of the notification that he or she is not making Satisfactory Academic Progress. If you have any questions regarding this policy, please contact the Office of Financial Aid. Enrollment/Withdrawal, Refund and Repayment Policies Enrollment Policy Students applying for financial assistance from Greensboro College are expected to be enrolled full time each semester during the academic year. Students enrolled less than full time must notify the Financial 90 Aid Office. Institutional aid is reserved for full time students only. State and Federal aid can be received by students enrolled less than full time but may be reduced according to the actual enrollment status. Withdrawal Policy Students who are planning to withdraw before completing a term must notify the Financial Aid Office. Failing to formerly withdraw from Greensboro College could impact students’ future attendance and eligibility for financial assistance. For more information about the withdrawal process and financial assistance, please review the Withdrawal Procedures section of this handbook. Refund Policy For those students who withdraw and are receiving financial assistance through Greensboro College, the refund policy is dictated by federal regulations. The College must refund the programs from which the student received assistance based on the date of withdrawal and percentage of time enrolled; therefore, it is imperative that the student follows proper withdrawal procedures to insure a fair and equitable refund calculation can be performed. Once the withdrawal date is established and the adjustments to the student’s charges have been made based on the time of enrollment, the Financial Aid Office must reduce the student’s financial aid accordingly and reimburse the programs before any refund to the student can be made. Repayment Policy When a cash disbursement is made to a student because financial assistance exceeded the direct institutional charges placed on the student’s account and the student withdraws, some of the cash disbursement given to the student may be required to be repaid to the College to be refunded back to the programs. The amount to be repaid is dependent on the percentage of time enrolled and the amount of assistance received. Financial Aid Consequences of Withdrawal from a Term A return of federal funds calculation must be performed when any student who received, or was eligible to receive, federal aid ceases to attend all classes in a term prior to completing the term. Students are awarded aid with the assumption that they will complete the entire period for which assistance was provided. When a student withdraws from a term, federal and state regulations require the College to determine whether funds must be returned based on the number of das actually completed versus the number of days the student was scheduled to attend within the period. 91 FOOD SERVICES The cafeteria is located on the lower level of Greensboro Building. In order to enter the dining hall, Greensboro College students must present their Pride Card. For health reasons, shoes and a shirt must be worn in the cafeteria at all times. Food and drink must stay inside the cafeteria. Also for health reasons, students may not bring in their own food, food containers or glasses. Students are requested to bring their dishes to the return window upon completion of their meal. Inappropriate behavior in the dining hall will result in temporary or permanent revocation of dining privileges without any refund of board charges. The dining hall operates on an all-you-care-to-eat basis. Meal costs are included with room and board charges for residential students. Commuter students have the option to pay for each meal, purchase Commuter Meal Blocks, or add money to a declining balance account through the Pride Card. All meal plans are nonrefundable/nontransferable and are valid through the end of each semester. Students must present their Pride Card when using any of the above meal plans. Meal plans are valid during meal plan hours, which are listed in the front of the Pride Guide. Fowler Dining Hall – This is an all-you-care-to-eat location, featuring traditional home-style meals, a salad bar, dessert bar, and soft-serve ice cream. The C-Store – This convenience-type store located near Fowler Dining Hall offers grab-and-go selections, and convenience store items. INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY All residence hall rooms are wired for Internet connections, as are the various classrooms on campus. All of the campus has wireless connectivity. Details are at http://infotech.greensboro.edu. Greensboro College provides every student with an email account and file space for saving documents or building a website through the Greensboro College Google Apps. This email account is important to have because community information is shared through campus-wide distribution lists. The student’s email account and files may be accessed anywhere by web-based access. Information Technology will also assist residential students if a complication arises with the campus network connections or if a problem occurs with their computer hardware, as determined to be reasonable by Information Technology staff. MAIL ROOM The mail room is located on the lower level of the Campbell Athletic Center. All residential students are assigned PO boxes their first semester on campus. Students will retain their assigned PO box for the duration of their time living on campus. To avoid mistakes and delays in mail/package delivery, residential students should use the following mailing address: 92 Full name 815 West Market Street PO Box number Greensboro, NC 27401-1875 I. Mail Pickup A. Hours of Operation 1. The mail room service window is open weekdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. for package pickup and mail needs 2. Mail boxes can be accessed after hours until the Athletic Center is closed for the evening B. Packages 1. The mail room receives United Parcel Service (UPS), Federal Express, and other carrier deliveries daily Monday through Friday 2. Students who receive packages will be emailed that a package has arrived and is ready for pickup 3. Students must present their Pride Card to pick up any package 4. The Greensboro College Mail Room cannot be held responsible for unclaimed, lost and/or damaged packages II. Campus Mail A. Mail to individuals or departments on campus may be sent by listing the person’s name, box number or department name, AND “Campus Mail” as the address B. All campus mail must have a return address C. Mailings of more than five pieces should be put in box number order and banded together III. Other Services A. Postage 1. First class stamps and letter envelopes can be purchased at the Mail Room 2. Any posted outgoing mail may be dropped at the Mail Room for USPS pickup 3. Packages with pre-paid postage or waybills may be left at the Mail Room for parcel pickup B. Forwarding 1. First class mail will be forwarded to students who have moved off campus AND provide the mail room with a forwarding address 2. Packages will be forwarded at the student’s expense OR returned to sender 3. All other postage is handled through the United States Postal Service SECURITY Security officers employed by Greensboro College patrol the campus 24 hours a day in order to provide protection for students, faculty, staff, and guests. The campus security office is located 93 on the first floor of main building. Security officers wear navy shirts and pants or black shirts and name tags for easy recognition. Although the campus safety and security department makes every effort to increase campus safety, the best security system is one in which every member of the community is alert. This means that if students live on campus, they should remember to lock their residence hall doors and take their keys with them; report all suspicious persons immediately to a security officer, a resident assistant or a residence hall director; never leave possessions, including books, unattended; walk in groups during evening hours; and engrave all valuables. Campus security has an engraver that students may use. Students may make arrangements to use the engraver by contacting campus security. Regarding possessions, please understand that the college does not assume responsibility for personal property of students. Check homeownersâ€™ insurance policies to see if they cover belongings while in college. For more information about security, please go to the Greensboro College website and see Emergency/Security. 94 STUDENT DEVELOPMENT Greensboro College offers students a wide variety of curricular and co-curricular opportunities for realizing their personal growth and learning goals. Options outside the classroom range from participation in the planning and implementation of campus programs and student governance to individual counseling. All students are encouraged to express personal interests and enhance their development by taking part in campus and community organizations and activities. Students are encouraged to view their college years as a time to develop their unique talents through a holistic approach that includes an appropriate balance of curricular and co-curricular activities. The Office of Student Development assists students in their personal development, career and life planning through leadership development, student health, residential life, student activities, intramurals, religious life, personal counseling and other services affecting the total life of the student. Through the Office of Student Development, a deliberate effort is made to provide every type of educational, social and spiritual opportunity necessary to meet the individual needs that exist among the student body and to contribute to increased understanding and maturity. Greensboro College seeks to maintain an environment in which students may experience acceptance as unique individuals and an environment consistent with the educational, ethical, cultural and social concerns of the Collegeâ€™s mission. IN THIS SECTION... Career & Personal Development Commuters Counseling & Support First-Year Experience Health & Wellness Internship Program Mentoring Program Student Health Services CAREER AND PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT Greensboro Collegeâ€™s Office of Career and Persona Development provides both formal programming and just-in-time individual and group coaching to help students identify and accomplish their goals. Working with traditional undergraduates, professional and graduate program students, and alumni, our programs and services help students to identify the career paths that interest them most and encourage active exploration of these interests through job shadowing, networking with alumni, internships, and attending professional events. Our goal is 95 to encourage your exploration and movement into your career while providing a high level of support to process what you learn. For first- and second-year students who are undecided or unsure about their choice of major we offer a unique Exploratory Studies Program that focuses on helping students actively explore their academic and extracurricular options to make the most of your time here at Greensboro College. Students work intensively with a personal advisor, participate in a specially designed section of First Year Seminar and participate in on- and off-campus activities to help them make sure they embark on the right academic pathway. Exploratory Studies results in high quality major and extracurricular choices. In the second year, our Exploring Career and Life Directions course provides the structure for exploring career choices through job shadowing, networking with alumni and reflecting on these experiences. Students tell us that these experiences are very helpful in assisting them with their career choices. During the third and fourth years we strongly encourage students to participate in for-credit internships. Supervised by a faculty member as well as by a workplace supervisor, these experiences have proven invaluable in helping students make career decisions and build practical work skills. In the fourth year and for professional and graduate students our focus is on helping students successfully transition to life after graduation. Our senior Career Transition career counseling and co-curricular programming helps students take what they have learned from their academics, exploration activities, internships, and campus experiences and put it all together toward achieving their goal of full-time employment or graduate school. In addition to our formal programs, each student is always welcome to meet one of our career counselors on a just-in-time basis to talk about career choices, major choices, internship opportunities, or related concerns. We are available by appointment or by walk-in and are located in the PEAK at 313 Main Building. For an appointment, please contact Brent Atwater via email at Brent.Atwater@greensboro.edu or call or text Brent at 336-404-1856. COMMUTERS Recognizing that commuters have a relationship to the College that is unique from that of residential students, special programs and services are provided to meet the needs of commuters, which include: 96 Commuter Lounge – The main floor of the Library has a convenient and designated space for commuters to study, uninterrupted, in between classes. The Reynolds Center serves as a convenient space for commuters to relax, with a big screen TV, game room, lounge space and the snack bar. Commuter Meals - All commuters are invited to eat in the Fowler Dining Hall. Money can be placed on the student’s Pride Card and used as a declining balance for purchasing meals. Commuter students also have the option to purchase a special “Commuter Meal Plan.” Specific information about costs and hours of service for the dining hall is located in the Campus Service section of this Student Handbook. If students have any questions about any of these services or programs, they should contact the Office of Student Development. COUNSELING AND SUPPORT Short-term counseling support is available for academic, personal, interpersonal and vocational/career concerns. Individual sessions may be held on a weekly, bi-weekly or less frequent basis, depending on a number of factors including client needs and level of demand on counseling services. Individual sessions are 30 to 50 minutes in length. Determinations about the length, type and suitability of counseling are generally made during the initial interview, although these determinations are subject to later review. If it is determined that client needs/deserves more intensive or long term counseling or requires resources or competencies other than those provided, the client will be referred to an appropriate off-campus counselor/clinic/facility. All student contacts and discussions with the counselor are private and confidential. Information about or disclosed by the student may not be shared without student permission, with certain legally mandated expectations. The Counseling Office is located in Main Building, Office 325, and the phone number is campus extension 224. Please visit our website at www.http://greensborocollege.edu/studetns/counselingservices. FIRST YEAR EXPERIENCE The First Year Seminar - The First Year Seminar is designed to ensure first-year students’ satisfaction and ease of transition in the first year of college. Taught by the students’ academic advisor, each class will explore topics within their own unique framework. Regular class attendance, participation in experiential learning exercises, service projects and cultural events, writing assignments and oral presentations will be required. The First Year Seminar is strongly recommended for all traditional firsttime, full-time students in addition to transfers who are classified as freshman. Academic Advising and First Year Advisors - Each new student is assigned an academic advisor who will also instruct the First Year Seminar. The academic advisor not only guides first-year students through the curriculum but also assists with co-curricular choices. The first year advisor often coordinates with staff in the Center for Academic Services, as well as the Office of Student Development, 97 on academic performance and progress. While it is acceptable to be in college with an undecided major, all students must declare a major by the end of the sophomore year. HEALTH AND WELLNESS Through combined efforts of the Student Development Office and Student Health Services, individual intervention and campus-wide programming address the topic of college students’ use of alcohol and other drugs, sexual health, mental health and a wide range of other wellness issues. Staff in the Office of Counseling, the Student Health Center and the Student Development Office is available for one-on-one consultation and also have information on referral services in the community. Often, students’ health and wellness concerns are identified through the campus judicial process; however, the main priority for staff is to work with the student in identifying ways to make smarter and healthier choices. INTERNSHIP PROGRAM Internships are an integral part of the career decision-making process. Internships at Greensboro College are designed to complement the traditional college curriculum by allowing students to participate in and receive academic credit for field-based work experiences. Through proper guidance and planned learning objectives, the internship experience enables students to apply their education and better understand how their academic preparation can be used in the workplace. Student benefits include: • Gaining experience that helps students confirm choices of academic majors, explore career fields and clarify career and life goals • Gaining valuable work experience that will give them a competitive edge in the job market; often, internships lead to full-time job offers • Developing valuable professional contacts • Acquiring greater confidence, independence and self-reliance as they are challenged and build on successes. The Internship Program is open to all junior and senior students who have a minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA; some majors require an internship. MENTORING PROGRAMS FOR NEW STUDENTS Pride Leaders - Each fall students are chosen to serve as Pride Leaders to represent the College during Campus Connection and Précis programs. These students serve as mentors and assist all incoming students with their transition to college. Pride Leaders are selected based on an application and interview process, and they are required to participate in a weekend retreat as well as weekly training sessions during the Spring Semester. Serving as a Pride Leader is an exciting way for students to gain and develop their leadership skills and to serve in a respected and fun group on campus. 98 Student Athlete Mentoring Program (SAM) - Student Athlete Mentors provide unique, personal support to first-year student-athletes during their first year of college. SAMs serve as guides and role models in the areas of athletic and academic achievement, co-curricular involvement and leadership in order to assist students in the transition to Greensboro College life. Because they have walked in the firstyear student-athlete shoes, SAMs will have the unique perspective to offer insight, advice and support to new student-athletes. SAMs are chosen by their coaches based on athletic, academic and leadership skills. STUDENT HEALTH SERVICES Student health services are available to all students. Located on the first floor of the Greensboro Building, the Student Health Center is open Monday through Thursday. Hours are posted at the front of the Pride Guide. Time changes are posted on the door of the Health Center and announced over voice mail. Appointments to see the physician assistants can be made by calling the Health Center. The health center treats acute and chronic illnesses, refers cases to off-campus physicians for subspecialty care, and acts as a liaison with family and consulting physicians. There is no charge to the student to see the RN, PA-C, or MD in the health center, and all over-the-counter medications dispensed in the center are free. Services such as lab work are billed directly to the student’s insurance unless contraindicated by a specific policy. In such cases, the charges for lab work will be billed directly to the student’s Greensboro College account. The health center will not be held responsible for services rendered and not covered by insurance. Information regarding general health issues and consultation for wellness strategies are readily available in the Student Health Center. The Director of Student Health coordinates health services and health information on campus. 1. Class Absences Due to Illness - The staff will not verify an absence from class if a student is treated in the Student Health Center, except in emergency situations. Students who need to be seen in the Student Health Center are encouraged to visit during a time that does not conflict with scheduled classes. It is the student’s responsibility to notify his or her instructor if they are not able to attend class. If the student is treated elsewhere, it is the student’s responsibility to present a doctor’s note to the Health Center with specific instructions for returning to class. 2. Confidentiality - Information regarding the physical or mental well being of Greensboro College students is strictly confidential. Medical information is released only upon the written request of the student. 3. Emergency Transportation to the Hospital - In case of a serious accident or a sudden illness, call 99 9+911 for an ambulance. A member of the Student Development staff will meet the student at the hospital for support and to make any necessary arrangements. 4. Disposal of Injectible Supplies - Anyone required to take self-injectible medication must use a SHARPS Disposable Container. Once the container is full, the student may bring the container to the Student Health Center for appropriate disposal. Needles must not be disposed of in individual or hall receptacles. 5. Health Information Resources - The Student Health Center has a wealth of information about health concerns facing college students. Students are welcome to use this information, which includes videos, books and pamphlets. 6. Health Insurance â€“ Full-time students are required to have health insurance. Students are responsible for payment of any fees for medical care off campus. All students will be enrolled in and charged for the College health insurance plan unless they provide valid proof of sickness and injury insurance. Students will need to go to www.uhcsr.com website to either purchase the student health insurance or complete the waiver form. Students are responsible for payment of all fees for medical care and prescriptions that are received off campus. 7. Immunization Records - North Carolina law requires that all students have a documented record of immunizations signed by a medical doctor or licensed health care provider on file with the Student Health Center prior to enrollment. Any student who does not have complete immunization records on file will not be permitted to attend classes or reside in the residence halls until the form is correctly completed and received by the Director of the Student Health Center. 8. Non-Emergency Medical Transportation â€“ Students requiring non-emergency transportation to a doctor or hospital should contact Student Development for transport with the United Yellow Taxi Company. The studentâ€™s account will be charged for the fare. If students need medical attention during a time when the Student Health Center is closed, they should contact their Resident Assistant, their Residence Hall Director or the Office of Student Development. In case of an emergency, call 9+911. 100 STUDENT INVOLVEMENT IN THIS SECTION... Athletics Community Service Greek Life Intramural & Recreational Sports Publications Religious Life & Enrichment Center Student Activities & Programming Student Activities Fees Reynolds Center Student Government & Student Voice ATHLETICS Students are encouraged to attend intercollegiate athletic contests throughout the school year. With the exception of Greensboro College-hosted NCAA or USA South Athletic Conference tournaments that may require a nominal fee, all regularly scheduled home contests are FREE for students with a valid Pride Card. In some cases, away contests may also be free with the presentation of a student ID. The athletics website, www.greensborocollegesports.com, provides daily updates of team results as well as notes about upcoming contests. Schedules may also be accessed through this home page by clicking on the individual sport. For further information, call the Athletic Department Office, ext. 250, or the Sports Information Office, ext. 279. Greensboro College features 18 men’s and women’s intercollegiate teams that compete in the NCAA Division III and have produced standout players and records in recent years, including two national championships in Men’s Golf in 2000 and 2011. Greensboro College also sponsors a co-educational cheerleading program that has fared well in regional and national competitions. The following is a list of all intercollegiate teams at Greensboro College: For Men: Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Football, Golf, Lacrosse, Soccer, Swimming and Tennis (Cheerleading) For Women: Basketball, Cross Country, Golf, Lacrosse, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Tennis and Volleyball (Cheerleading) COMMUNITY SERVICE Village 401 is the community service Office of Greensboro College and is directed by the Village 401 Coordinator. Students also serve as Community Service Coordinators and help initiate service 101 opportunities for students on campus as well as at off-campus sites. Information about specific volunteer opportunities in Greensboro (especially the 27401 zip code) and Guildford County can be found in the Village 401 Office, which is located in the Reynolds Center. Village 401 sponsors and coordinates the following community service opportunities annually: 1. Gate City Soup Bowl: A two week long food drive competition between Greensboro College and Guilford College, culminating at the Greensboro v. Guilford football game. 2. Neewollah Fest: A Halloween carnival for elementary students in the community that includes games, prizes, and trick or treating through the dorms. 3. Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week: A week in November to raise awareness and address issues of poverty and homelessness in Greensboro and around the world. 4. Stream Clean: Through the Biology Department, students help keep the stream beside main campus clean by taking one day each semester to pick up litter and trash from the stream. 5. Angel Tree: Adopting a child in the community for the Christmas season by providing a gift and sharing in a meal celebration on campus with a surprise visit from Santa. 6. Martin Luther King Jr. Day: In conjunction with Bennett College for Women, students are invited to participate in a variety of community service projects in Greensboro. The day of service also includes a breakfast celebration, a peace walk, and commemorative service. 7. Alternative Spring Break: During spring break, many Greensboro College students pack hammers, gloves, shovels and nails and travel to a variety of destinations. This trip is sponsored by the Religious Life Office and supported through Village 401. 8. Project Leap: A celebration in spring that brings elementary students to campus for games, activities and an egg hunt. 9. Earth Day Fair: An eco friendly fair that brings elementary school students to campus to learn about the environment. All student organizations, athletic teams and scholarship recipients complete community service projects each semester. Specific ways for students to get involved in ongoing community service activities are: Provide and prepare a meal at local shelter for the homeless. Sort food or clothing at a local assistance center Coach a team for an after-school program. Tutor an adult who is learning to read. Tutor children in after-school programs. Help build affordable housing for the working poor. Through these opportunities of community service, students will be able to develop leadership skills, gain a better understanding of community issues, work for social and political change, and have the 102 satisfaction of knowing that they have helped another person. For more information on community service, stop by the Village 401 Office in the Reynolds Center or call extension 644. GREEK LIFE Currently Greensboro College supports one National Greek Organization. All forming Greek organizations must pursue national status, as local organizations are not permitted. The Student Government Association governs all Greek organizations. The College encourages the continued development of Greek Life on campus. Greensboro College will not tolerate hazing on the part of any individual, organization, or group. Hazing is defined as any action or situation, regardless of intention, whether on or off College premises, which results or has potential of resulting in physical, mental or emotional harm, discomfort or distress to a group’s member(s) or prospective member(s). Furthermore, being a member or prospective member of any student organization, group or activity does not provide for, allow or tolerate any of the following: personal servitude; physical endurance; private or public humiliation; loss of personal dignity or selfworth; lowering of one’s personal standards; alcohol abuse; throwing a student in a body of water; academic dishonesty; and violations of federal, state or local laws. The College may treat the hazing action of even one member of a group as constituting hazing by the group. Please contact the Director of Student Activities & Orientation for specific guidelines for Greek Organizations at Greensboro College. Failure to abide by appropriate policies and procedures set aside for any student organization, including Greek, may result in disciplinary action under the Greensboro College Student Conduct Code under Section IV, P – “Violation of Other Campus Policies and Procedures”. INTRAMURAL AND RECREATIONAL SPORTS I.M.-Intramural sports are offered in the fall and spring semesters. Competitive and recreational leagues are played on campus, and at the Reynolds Center. All currently enrolled students, faculty, and staff are allowed to participate in Intramural events. Historically, the most popular events include the Students vs. Faculty/Staff Homecoming flag football game, 5 on 5 basketball, dodge ball, indoor soccer, and kickball. Recreational Activities and Sports- The Reynolds Center offers many opportunities for recreational activity. During the year, our patrons can enjoy our open swim times, racquetball courts, the only squash court in Greensboro. Recreational equipment including balls, rackets, etc. are available to be checked out, just bring your Pride card for the front desk to hold on to. 103 Fitness- Individual fitness goals can be achieved by participating in fitness and wellness programs offered at the Royce Reynolds Family Student Life Center. Various group fitness classes with certified trainers happen daily. Currently we have Yogalates, Trim N Tone, and Zumba. Yogalates is a hybrid yoga and palates class designed to strengthen the core with different techniques from each. Trim N Tone is a full body cardio workout designed to tighten up your body in a fun atmosphere. Aquatics and Water Sports- With the renovation of the pool facilities the water sports, and recreational aquatic activities have been a huge addition to the overall experience at the RRFSLC. Students can enjoy free swim hours, and sports including water polo and water Olympics. Life guard is on duty at open swim times. Reynolds Center The RRFSLC is located a block from main campus, and offers students numerous opportunities to participate in intramural, recreational, and fitness activities. Students can work out in the weight room, aerobics room, or swimming pool, play sports, watch TV, meet friends for late night fun, enjoy regularly scheduled entertainment, purchase supplies, books, and spirit wear, or simply study & do class work. The Reynolds Center strives to provide a fun, safe, and respectful atmosphere for all students, faculty, staff, and alumni that use the facility. All patrons are asked to be respectful and responsible while enjoying the facility. Misuse of equipment will not be tolerated, and those who do not follow Reynolds Center policies will be subject to disciplinary action with the school. There is no smoking at the Reynolds Center, or Greensboro College. Hours of operation are posted around the building, and are subject to change. Offices in the Reynolds Center include: Student Activities director & assistant director, Orientation and First Year Experience, Religious Life, Village 401 (community service), Football coaches, Director of the Reynolds Center & assistant director, Intramural sports, and student organizations such as SGA, and Pride Productions. The Reynolds Center is also the site of the Greensboro College book store. PUBLICATIONS To provide outlets for responsible discussion and creative expression on campus as well as opportunities for experience in communications media, the College encourages students to become involved in the following publications: â€˘ The Collegian - the College newspaper, which is printed approximately eight times each semester. â€˘ The Lyre - the campus literary magazine, which is published every spring and includes a collection of the best in original prose, poetry, photography and artwork submitted by students, faculty, staff 104 and alumni. These publications actively recruit writers, editors, artists, designers, photographers and business support personnel. Students may earn up to three hours of academic credit for working on student publications by taking ENG 2410 Publications. The Collegian and The Lyre are governed by the Publications Board, which serves as a forum for these media to express mutual concerns. The Dean of Students, the advisors and the editors of the student publications meet to discuss items or business issues that are relevant to the publications and to approve the selection of editors. Faculty/staff advisors and the Publications Board provide assistance and policy guidance for each of the student publications. Student editorial policy or other major concerns are resolved through the advisors, Publications Board or Dean of Students, as necessary. The student publications of Greensboro College, shall conform to journalistic ethics and to good practices of the profession. This includes issues related to libel, indecency, undocumented allegations, attacks on personal integrity, and harassment and innuendo. The individual editors will employ their own discretion concerning editorial and news policy. The College does not assume responsibility for the content or distribution of its student publications. RELIGIOUS LIFE The Religious Life Office seeks to help students grow in their faith through the efforts of the Campus Chaplain. Spiritual and faith development comes in many forms including interpersonal contacts, student clubs and organizations, youth outreach, community worship activities and both professional and volunteer off-campus connections. In accordance with the Greensboro College mission statement, the Religious Life Office promotes Judeo-Christian values and also fosters an ecumenical atmosphere. Pastoral Care – The Campus Chaplain responds directly to student need through personal conversations, counseling, and prayer requests. Pastoral care is a priority and nurturing students through the tumultuous transitions of college life is important. There is an open door policy for all students to come and talk. Community Worship – Worship plays a significant role in the life of Greensboro College. Each Thursday at 11:30 a.m. students, faculty and staff are invited to attend Chapel worship. Chapel services are led by the Chapel band, gospel choir or other invited musicians from a variety of traditions. Communion is offered each week as a part of the service. Finch Chapel is also used for various special events such as lectures, holiday commemorations and special services for Holy days. The public, including students’ families, is always welcome. Student Organizations –The current groups include Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Student Christian Fellowship, and CRU. Other organizations that are run collaboratively with other local colleges are Hillel, Student Catholic Fellowship, Wesley-Luther, Presbyterian and Episcopal groups. 105 Professional and volunteer off-campus connections – As good neighbors, the Greensboro College family makes numerous connections with the outside community. The Religious Life Office works closely with the Village 401 Office in coordinating volunteer opportunities and alternative break trips for individuals and groups. In addition, the Campus Chaplain arranges for internships in the United Methodist Churches and church-related organizations, particularly those that specialize in youth ministries. Reynolds Institute for Church Leadership - The Institute serves as the organizing structure under which all of the religious activities of students, professors, and community are organized at Greensboro College. The Institute supports Church and College internships, academic activities, chapel worship, faculty and staff faith development, and community service opportunities in order to foster spiritual growth and faith commitments on the Greensboro College campus. Students who minor in Church Leadership can apply to be a Church Leadership Scholar. Students who seek to gain experience through mini internships can apply to be a Church and College Intern. Both programs come with a stipend. Information and applications are available in the Religious Life office. STUDENT ACTIVITIES Co-curricular involvement and leadership in activities is a valuable supplement to classroom learning. Students at Greensboro College take an active role in the planning and implementing of campus activities. Through involvement, students learn leadership and group skills, make new friends and have fun. The Director of Student Activities and Orientation advises students and student organizations in coordinating campus activities, programs and projects. Specifically, the Office of Student Activities and Orientation focuses on a student’s need to grow both as an individual and as a member of the Greensboro College community. 1. Pride Productions – Pride Productions is a student organization open to all students who have a desire to get involved in planning many of the social events for our students. Events, such as comedians, bands, trips, dances, movies, and other popular forms of student entertainment are provided for students at either a minimal or no cost at all and Pride Production members are responsible for planning all of these events. Stop by Pride Productions’ office, located in the Reynolds Center, to find out more about upcoming events or how you can get involved. 2. Student Organization Kick-Off - Each fall, a club carnival is held in a festive atmosphere on campus. Everyone is invited to find out more about the clubs and organizations available at Greensboro College, as well as opportunities for service in several community organizations. The 106 students and community organizations set up information tables and games. 3. Annual Events - Other annual events include Homecoming, Winter Rose and Spring Fling, all of which are planned and implemented by students. If students would like to learn more about campus activities, help organize a club, become a member of an organization or make suggestions about activities or programs, they should stop by the Reynolds Center. STUDENT ACTIVITY FEES Greensboro College students pay a student activity fee each semester. The money received from student activity fees is allocated each semester by the SGA Finance Committee, advised by the Dean of Students. The Finance Committee meets on a semester basis to review budget requests made by student organizations and oversee the allocation of student activity fees to help support programming on campus. All organizations requesting money must meet funding requirements. Fees are allocated by consensus of the Finance Committee in the best interest of fellow students. The College believes strongly in empowering students to make decisions, which will positively impact campus life. Student leadership of this type is recognized as being an important component of the college experience at Greensboro College. Any questions regarding the use or allocation of student activity fees should be referred to the Dean of Students. REYNOLDS CENTER The RRFSLC is located a block from main campus, and offers students numerous opportunities to participate in intramural, recreational, and fitness activities. Students can work out in the weight room, aerobics room, or swimming pool, play sports, play arcade games, watch TV, meet friends for late night fun, enjoy regularly scheduled entertainment, purchase supplies, books, and spirit wear, or simply study & do class work. The Reynolds Center strives to provide a fun, safe, and respectful atmosphere for all students, faculty, staff, and alumni that use the facility. All patrons are asked to be respectful and responsible while enjoying the facility. Misuse of equipment will not be tolerated, and those who do not follow Reynolds Center policies will be subject to disciplinary action with the school. There is no smoking at the Reynolds Center, or Greensboro College. Hours of operation are posted around the building, and are subject to change. 107 Offices in the Reynolds Center include: Student Activities director & assistant director, Orientation and First Year Experience, Religious Life, Village 401 (community service), Football coaches, Director of the Reynolds Center & assistant director, Intramural sports, and student organizations such as SGA, and Pride Productions. The Reynolds Center is also the site of the Greensboro College book store. STUDENT GOVERNMENT AND STUDENT VOICE Students’ input, ideas and recommendations are very important to Greensboro College. There are a multitude of avenues by which students contribute their ideas and participate in institutional decisionmaking. The primary outlet for students to get involved on campus issues is through the Student Government Association, commonly known as SGA. Members of SGA meet on a weekly basis to address questions and concerns, to report on various institutional committees and to support and plan events, which promote student involvement on campus. The information below outlines specific means by which students participate in decisions affecting academic and student life at Greensboro College. When students have ideas and suggestions, they should communicate them. If students do not know where to start, they should see a member of the Student Development staff. Academic Issues: Contact Person: Vice President of Academic Affairs • Academic Honor Council - Two student members appointed annually by SGA with approval by the Dean of Students • Curriculum and Instruction Committee - Three student members appointed annually by SGA with approval by the Senate • Faculty & Course Evaluations Campus Activities and Events: Contact Persons: Director of Student Activities and Orientation • SGA Finance Committee - A group of student representatives who decide how student activity fees will be allocated to each student organization and set restrictions/guidelines on how student fees will be spent. A representative from the Student Government Association chairs the Finance Committee each semester. General Policies, Judicial and Student Conduct Code: Contact Person: Associate Dean of Students • Student Conduct Code Review Process - Three to five students, representing a cross section of the student body, are invited to serve on a special task force along with faculty and staff to review and evaluate, as needed, the judicial process as well as the student conduct code. 108 • Student Conduct Council - Two students are nominated by the President of SGA and approved by the Dean of Students. • Student Government Association - Student representatives provide feedback about general college policies, the judicial process and the Student Conduct Code. Governance: Contact Persons: Dean of Students and/or Vice President of Academic Affairs • Student representative to the Board of Trustees - President of SGA with approval by the Dean of Students • Other Board of Trustees Committees – Three students appointed by the President of SGA with approval by the Dean of Students. Religious Life Contact Person: Campus Chaplain • Religious Life Council - Includes all officers of Campus Crusade for Christ, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Student Christian Fellowship, and the Presbyterian, Episcopal, and Catholic Campus Ministries, as well as Hill-el and Community Service. Residence Life Policies and Procedures: Contact Person: Associate Dean of Students • Resident Advisors - The RAs meet regularly with the Residence Life Coordinator to discuss concerns, issues or suggestions about life in the residence halls. • Student Government - Students are asked to provide suggestions about ways to improve quality of life in the residence halls. • Residence Hall Association – Student organization open to all students, in which they plan programs for on-campus students, address concerns, and present ideas for improving the residence halls. Student Life Issues: Contact Person: Dean of Students • Parking Appeals Board – Two students appointed annually by the Dean of Students • Student Government Association - Students provide feedback throughout the year about areas in student life where there are concerns or issues. Student Publications: Contact Person: Dean of Students • Publications Board - Includes the editor of both publications, the Associate Dean of Students, a staff member from the Office of Public Information and the advisor from each publication – The Collegian and The Lyre - who consider the role of student publications on campus. 109 STUDENT ORGANIZATIONS There are over 20 student-led organizations on campus. All of the organizations can be categorized in one of the following ways: Honor Organizations, Religious Life, Student Government-affiliated, Publications, Departmental, Community Service, Social and Service Organizations, or Greek and Special Interest Groups. If there is not a club that meets your interest or you are interested in starting a new organization, stop by the Office of Student Activities for more information. Each Student Organization must have a faculty or staff advisor. Any organization that does not have an advisor should contact the Director of Student Activities and Orientation. The Student Activities Office hosts a charge session each semester that outlines requirements for student organizations. The charge session provides tips to having a successful organization as well as policies and procedures that student organization members should follow. Any violations of student organization policies and procedures may result in disciplinary action under the Greensboro College Student Conduct Code under Section IV, P – “Violation of Other Campus Policies and Procedures”, and possible elimination of the organization. A list and description of recognized and active student organizations at Greensboro College are listed below. A copy of the constitutions for all campus organizations are on file in the Student Activities Office. Alpha Chi - Alpha Chi is a national honor society open to seniors ranking in the top 10 percent of their class and juniors ranking in the top five percent. Members of Alpha Chi have distinguished records in regional and national activities of the organization. Inductions are held once each year. Alpha Kappa Delta - The Greensboro College Omicron Chapter of Alpha Kappa Delta, the national sociology honor society, is open to all juniors and seniors who have a major in sociology or who demonstrate a serious interest in sociology and have a 3.0 grade point average. Alpha Phi Sigma – The Greensboro College Chapter of Alpha Phi Sigma, the national criminal justice honor society, is open to students that demonstrate a serious interest in the study of criminal justice and have a 3.0 grade point average. Alpha Xi Delta (AZD) - Alpha Xi Delta is the first chartered national sorority on the Greensboro College campus. AZD focuses on community service, leadership development and sisterhood. American Marketing Association (AMA) - The purpose of AMA is to provide a forum for interaction among students interested in advertising, public relations, personal selling or other marketing related fields, and to develop knowledge and skills relevant to careers in marketing. Art Students League (ASL) - Art Students League is an organization for students interested in expanding their knowledge of art and is open to all students interested in the visual arts. 110 Athletic Trainers Club (ATC) - The ATC is a student led organization for individuals interested in the field of athletic training and other allied health and sports medicine related professions. Members participate in state, regional and national professional development activities, on and off campus community service projects and social events to gain a greater understanding of the profession and to develop networking opportunities. Beta Beta Beta - Tri Beta is a national biological honor society and is dedicated to the advancement of the biological sciences through its activities and projects. Campus Crusade for Christ - The Greensboro College Campus Crusade for Christ exists to provide regular opportunities to study and discuss the Bible, worship, and pray, all in a group setting, which also provides opportunities for fellowship, encouragement and spiritual development among members. Catholic Student Fellowship - The purpose of Catholic Student Fellowship is to provide a community of love and support to meet the spiritual needs of the individual student, the larger Catholic community and any person in need. CSF serves three campuses: Greensboro College, Guilford College and UNCG. Chorale - The Greensboro College Chorale is a mixed chorus open to all students who enjoy singing. This group performs outstanding literature of various types on and off campus. The Collegian - The Collegian is the growing and ever-expanding official student newspaper. Run for the students, by the students, the Collegian serves as the campus watchdog. It covers world and campus events, sports, entertainment and other issues affecting the campus of Greensboro College. Gospel Choir - The Gospel Choir is a student-led choir that is open to all students. The choir performs both on campus and in the community. Kappa Delta Pi - Kappa Delta Pi, an international honor society in education, was organized to recognize excellence in education. Those elected to membership exhibit the ideals of scholarship, high personal and professional standards and promise in teaching. It encourages self-improvement, distinction in achievement and contributions to education. Selection as a member of Kappa Delta Pi is based on high academic achievement, a commitment to education as a career and a professional attitude that assures growth in the profession. Los Amigos - This group strives to promote awareness and understanding of the people and countries whose official language is Spanish by sponsoring events with a Hispanic theme. The Lyre - The Lyre is the campus literary magazine that is published once a year. The Lyre consists of poetry, prose, photography and art from the college community. Music Educators Association (MEA) - The Greensboro College MEA is an organization composed of students that have declared music/music education as their major. Its purpose is threefold: 1) to give students the opportunity to develop professionally in music; 2) to make sure that the student has an understanding of the responsibilities of the music profession; and 3) to provide members with the opportunity to meet renowned leaders of the music profession. Omicron Delta Kappa (ODK) - ODK is a national honor society that recognizes student-leaders for exemplary performance in the following areas: scholarship; athletics; campus or community service, social, 111 religious activities and campus government; journalism, speech and the mass media; and the creative and performing arts. Members must be juniors or seniors and must rank in the top third of their class academically. Phi Alpha Theta â€“ This national History Honor society is open to all GC students that have completed 12 or more hours in History and have accumulated a 3.0 GPA in those history courses and are in the top 35% of their class. The organization is becoming more involved in sponsoring history-related events on campus. Pi Delta Phi - This honor society recognizes outstanding scholarship in the French language and its literature increases the knowledge and appreciation of Americans for the cultural contributions of the French-speaking world and stimulates and encourages French cultural activities. Pi Sigma Alpha - Pi Sigma Alpha is the honor society in political science. In addition to recognizing academic excellence in the discipline, Pi Sigma Alpha seeks to stimulate scholarship and intelligent interest in political science. Pre-Health Society â€“ Pre-Health Society promotes interest within the fields of medicine, pharmacy, dentistry and veterinary medicine among Greensboro College students. This group actively recruits those individuals who seek acceptance within these particular fields of study so that they may benefit from the organizations resources when completing their applications. Pride Productions - Pride Productions is the student organization responsible for bringing entertainment to campus. Members help to plan major dances, such as Homecoming and Winter Rose; weekly events such as comedians and movie nights; and special events like Spring Fling, with bands and novelties. If you are interested in being a part of Pride Productions and would like to find out more, stop by their office in the Reynolds Center or see the Director of Student Activities. Psi Chi - Psi Chi is the national honor society in psychology. The purposes of the Society are to encourage, stimulate and maintain excellence in scholarship and to advance the science of psychology. Residence Hall Association (RHA) - RHA represents residents from the four residence halls, serves as the link to staff and promotes involvement of on-campus students in campus activities. RHA sponsors information programs, community service projects and campus events. Sigma Beta Delta - Sigma Beta Delta, the international honor society in business, management and administration, was established to honor students who have attained superior records in business programs in schools and college with regional accreditation. Sigma Delta Pi - Tau Psi is the Greensboro College chapter of Sigma Delta Pi, the international Spanish honor society. The society receives into its membership those who attain its standards of high academic achievement in the study of the Spanish language, the literature and culture of Spain and Latin American nations and other college -level subjects. Sigma Delta Piâ€™s mission is to foster love for and to raise awareness of and interest in the Spanish language and the literature and cultures of Spanish-speaking people. Sigma Tau Delta - Sigma Tau Delta, the international English honor society, recognizes students with high 112 achievement in English language and literature and provides opportunities to foster the discipline with others on the local, regional and international levels. Student Christian Fellowship (SCF) - This club is open to all GC students and hosts weekly programs and a variety of activities including retreats, service projects, sharing groups, Bible studies and recreational activities. Student Council for Exceptional Children (SCEC) - SCEC is a student chapter of the National Council for Exceptional Children. Membership is open to anyone interested in advocating for the needs of a very special population. Membership benefits include educational publications and the satisfaction of helping those who need you. Student Honors Organization (SHO) â€“ SHO is an organization that promotes and strengthens the bonds of camaraderie within the Honors Program. This organization is open to all students and adds another dimension to the education of Greensboro College beyond the classroom setting. Student North Carolina Association of Educators (SNCAE) - This group is a branch of the National Education Association and the North Carolina Association of Educators. Members work collaboratively with local schools gaining experience with children by tutoring and working with after-school programs. They also participate in planning programs and workshops during the year. Student Government Association (SGA) - SGA is the group responsible for representing student interests and decisions, which transcend the jurisdiction of the student body and/or involves serious issues with faculty, staff or administration of the college. SGA is also the umbrella organization of all clubs, ensuring that good standing requirements are met and that student activity fees are used in the best interest of students. United African-American Society (UAAS) - The UAAS strives to encourage appreciation of the African-American culture and to unite the student body of Greensboro College. This organization promotes the success and prosperity of African-American students through various campus events, collaboration with other colleges and universities and community service. 113 GREENSBORO COLLEGE TRADITIONS Angel Tree – This annual celebration takes place each year in December, before exams. Members of the student body, faculty, staff and student organizations are invited to sponsor a child for the holidays. Each sponsor is responsible for providing the child with gifts. Sponsors then gather to meet their child and watch as Santa and Mrs. Claus distribute gifts. Baccalaureate/Cap and Gown - Cap and Gown Day began in 1919 with the purpose of “publicly announcing the members of the senior class who had been declared eligible to wear caps and gowns.” Traditionally, the President of the College, receiving the cap and gown from the sophomore class president, presented them to the senior class president while intoning, “I dub thee senior.” All the seniors were then aided by their sophomore “little sisters” in the ritual of donning their robes for the first time. The ceremony usually took place in the fall and the seniors wore their academic robes on various occasions throughout their senior year. Through the years since 1919, the ceremony has changed time (winter, fall, spring), place (Finch Chapel, fountain, Main Building) and procedure (a long walk, a daisy chain, singing). Today the seniors select their own “capper” from among those family or friends they wish to participate with them in this traditional and time-honored ceremony, which occurs on the evening before Commencement exercises. Dances - The biggest dance of the year is the Winter Rose Semi-Formal, where students enjoy an elegant evening with light refreshments and dancing. Family Weekend - Activities for students and their families are planned during this fall event, including athletic events, performances and brunch with the President. Festival of Lessons and Carols - The Festival is a traditional candlelight service brought to Greensboro College from King’s Chapel, Cambridge, England, by Dr. James Hull. The service is designed to symbolize the bond between the academic community and the city, and peace within the whole church, as well as the joy and the worship of all during the holiday season. Football Serenade - Following every victory, the football team proudly serenades Greensboro College fans with their “rendition” of the Greensboro College fight song. Holiday Decorating - In late November or early December, student organizations assist in decorating the campus for the holiday season. The Nativity Scene is placed on front campus for the College community and the city of Greensboro to enjoy. Wreaths adorn the outside doors. Decorating takes place across campus so that it can be viewed from Market Street. Homecoming - Activities for alumni and students include a Homecoming Court with Queen and Big Man on Campus, various athletic events, a bonfire, pep rally, powder puff football, and the Village 401 Dance. Honor Creed - The Honor Creed is a statement that signifies what it means to be a member of the Greensboro College community. The statement is bound in the principle that an invitation to attend Greensboro College includes opportunity to be a part of a unique campus community. Choosing to join the Greensboro College community entails an obligation to uphold the standards set forth in the Honor 114 Creed. All students are protected and bound by four ethical pillars – respect, honor, integrity and growth – representing the four Doric columns that support Main Building. These pillars embody the missions of the faculty, staff, students and alumni of Greensboro College, the community of scholars at this institution. The Honor Creed was written by the students from the Class of 2001 and was the gift of that class to Greensboro College. Each entering student receives the Honor Creed from the President of the College during New Student Convocation. Late Night at Reynolds - The last day of classes each semester is met with a celebration at the Royce Reynolds Family Student Life Center. Each celebration features a theme, lots of food, fun, and free giveaways! Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday - Each year, the Greensboro College community joins together to celebrate the life and works of Martin Luther King Jr. In years past, joint services have been held with Greensboro College and Bennett College. The day typically features a celebration breakfast, a day of service and an evening worship program. Neewollah – This is “Halloween” spelled backwards and is hosted by the Village 401 Office. Neewollah is an annual event that brings children, from the community, onto campus to enjoy an afternoon of Halloween themed activities. New Student Convocation - This annual event provides a formal assembly in which the Greensboro College community comes together for the purposes of welcoming, recognizing, celebrating and inducting the entering class – the newest members, each year, to join the Greensboro College community. As part of the induction ceremony, the entering class comes forward to sign the Greensboro College Induction Book as a reminder of the rich legacy of Greensboro College graduates who have come before. Finally, all entering students are individually welcomed by the President of the College and receive a copy of the Honor Creed as a reminder of this day and of the standards that bind the College community. As in all other formal College ceremonies, faculty wear academic regalia, as they do for the graduating class, thus providing a “bookend” to the senior graduation experience, both being celebrative ceremonies that signify a “commencement:” “The Pride” - The College’s nickname and mascot were adopted in 1992. The dual meaning of “pride,” representing “a company of lions” and “the quality or state of being proud,” is represented by a lion and lioness as college mascots at home athletic events. The Rock - The rock that sits on back campus, delivered to the campus by the Class of ’76, has endured many coats of paint and publicized many events and other activities. The rules of the rock are simple: Any Greensboro College student can paint the rock, messages on the rock may not be painted over for 24 hours. Supplies to paint the rock are available in the Office of Student Activities. Senior Investiture - Beginning with the class of 1996, Greensboro College established the Senior Investiture to recognize, honor and reward each member of the senior class publicly. Spring Fling – A week during the Spring Semester that is host to a variety of athletic events, outdoor 115 activities, entertainment, giveaways, and competitions. This is a wonderful outlet for students to enjoy themselves outside of the classroom. Student Organization Kick-off - Soon after classes begin, clubs and organizations set up booths on front campus to promote involvement in campus life. The Club Carnival, sponsored by the Office of Student Activities, includes a picnic dinner, game booths sponsored by clubs and organizations, and entertainment. 116